Six Links to Depression and your Oral Health

  1. A high percentage of patients who reported depression also reported an aching mouth. Also half a bit it to having their teeth to be in fair or poor condition.
  2. Depression can lead to temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders that can cause restriction of jaw and even pain.
  3. If you are taking medications for depression, the side effects can increase the risk of periodontal disease, oral infections and tartar buildup. Other side effects may even weaken teeth and gums and cause them damage.
  4. Depression increases the circulating level of cortisol, a hormone your body releases when it’s under stress. This can raise your risk of periodontal disease.
  5. Depression is partly an inflammatory disorder meeting that inflammations can induce it. Such inflammation is caused by periodontitis.
  6. There are many high-risk behaviors that are linked to depression which can affect your oral health and cause oral damage. Ie. smoking , drug abuse and alcohol intake.