Oral And Mental Health: A Connection between Them

This may surprise you but is true that your mental health and oral health are closely connected. Several studies have revealed this connection. In this blog, we are going to inform you that connection in brief.

Depression and Oral Health

Sadness, lack of concentration, lowered libido, feeling week and hopeless are some symptoms of depression. In today’s competitive life, depression has become quite common and a large number of people are suffering from it to a certain level. Depression leads to gum tissue infection, bad breath, and teeth loss. Depression may cause xerostomia, and Gingivitis.

Anxiety and Oral Health

Anxiety is a very common and prevalent mental disorder. Restlessness, fatigue, lack of concentration, muscle tension, difficulty in curbing the emotions, sleep disorder (a patient may sleep more than required or feel trouble in sleeping), agitation, feeling difficulty in being with people, and having trouble in making friends are some common symptoms of this disorder. Oral health issues are very common in an anxiety patient. Canker sores, burning mouth, temporomandibular joint disorders, and dry mouth are some common oral health disorders in an anxiety patient.

Schizophrenia and Oral Health

Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder that bothers an individual’s self-care ability. A schizophrenia patient suffers from disturbances in thoughts, impaired cognitive functions, and conversing voices. The patient sometimes experiences hallucinations. The shocking truth about the disease is it is difficult to be diagnosed. However, it is important to identify and treat it in time because it can lead to heart attack. Schizophrenia patients have high heart attack rates. Bad breath, cavities, gum diseases, and teeth loss are common in a schizophrenia patient.

Bipolar Disorder and Oral Health

A mood disorder is termed as bipolar disorder. Some patients feel themselves extremely high and some, depressive. Those who have been suffering from bipolar disorder suffer from bad oral health as well. Dry mouth is very common in patients of bipolar disorder. Swollen, sore, red oral tissue, grinding, and teeth abrasion are also possible.

By now, you must have understood how oral health and mental health are related. Pay attention to both of them. If you have tension, mood swings, tension, etc and you have some oral issues then immediately reach a psychiatrist and dentist around you.

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