Mental Check In

What is the Connection Between Oral and Mental Health?

Recent research suggests that people with anxiety or depression may experience a decline in oral health. A scientific review found a strong link between periodontal (gum) disease and conditions such as stress, anxiety, loneliness, and depression.

One problem is stress can manifest itself in the body as a hormone call cortisol. As cortisol levels increase, your immune system gets weaker leaving you vulnerable to oral conditions.

Many anxiety and depression medications can cause dry mouth; a lack of saliva can cause cavities to form.

Fortunately, when depression or anxiety takes a toll on your oral health there are things you can do. Start with brushing at least twice a day and floss daily without fail.

Your dentist can help you deal with the oral health effects, take a moment during your dentist visit to explain your symptoms and discuss any medications you are on to manage them.

Knowing there are potential issues to your oral health means you can take steps to prevent them

Mary Newman

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