Bad Dental Health and Depression? (There Might Actually be a Link)

Dental health and depression

If you didn’t think oral health was the beginning of overall health, the latest study from Deakin University researchers might just change your mind. Heart health and dental health has long been linked together, but now research is showing how poor dental health might even be linked to mental health issues like depression. At Biscayne Dental Center, we encourage dental visits at least twice a year to help encourage proper oral health and overall health.

Depression and Oral Health

toothbrush, toothpaste and tube on blackDeakin IMPACT Strategic Research Centre researched into the connection of oral health and depression. Their research surveyed more than 10,000 people from age 20 to 75 years living in the US. What the research found was enlightening to say the least.

Dr. Adrienne O’Neil of Deakin University helped lead the study. He had this to say about their findings,

“Not only did we find a connection between dental health and depression, we also demonstrated that a dose-response exists between the two conditions, meaning that the more dental conditions one had the greater the severity of their depression. This relationship held true even after accounting for other factors that could potentially explain the association, such as high body mass index and CRP, a protein that is often used as a general marker of inflammation in the body.”

At Biscayne Dental Center, we believe that a balanced approach to overall health and oral health is essential. Oral health is essential in maintaining overall health (including mental health). More research in how oral health and mental health coincide is definitely needed. If it is determined that poor dental health is a serious risk factor contributing to depression and mental health disorders, dental health could be a significant way to combat depression.

Although we do not yet know why dental health correlates so closely with mental health, we do know it is helpful to maintain proper oral hygiene to encourage overall health. To keep up with dental health and oral hygiene, visit http://www.biscaynedentalcenter.com/contact-us/ to contact us.

 

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