Dental Health to Mental Health
Research suggests ways that mental illnesses can lead to poor dental health:
- Depression is associated with higher abuse of alcohol, caffeine and tobacco, which may cause tooth erosion and decay.
- Depression can cause self-neglect, which often results in poor oral hygiene, gum disease and consequential tooth decay.
- Bipolar affective disorder often causes over-brushing that may damage gums and cause dental abrasion.
- Bipolar patients treated with lithium have a higher rate of dry mouth.
- Acids from vomiting make patients with eating disorders more susceptible to tooth decay.
- Side effects of antipsychotic, antidepressant and mood stabilizer drugs may include a higher susceptibility to oral bacterial infections.
- Poor dental health affects speech, which can cause significant social anxiety. Likewise, bad breath can increase social anxiety.
- Patients with mental illness are 2.8 times more likely to have lost all their teeth, affecting physical appearance, self-esteem and self-image.
- Similarly, patients with mental illness have higher statistical rates of tooth decay and missing teeth, which impacts physical appearance and self-image.
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