Depression and Oral Health
Early research on oral ulcers found a genetic link between symptoms of depression and the mouth. In addition, the University of Washington's Dental Education Program points to a link between depression and reduced saliva flow, a condition that can increase caries-causing bacteria and the risk of gum disease.
What can I do to manage my overall health?
- Tell your dentist what's going on. It's important for your dentist to understand why there's a problem focusing on something like brushing your teeth, and he may have some useful suggestions to get you out of all this.
- Eat fruits and vegetables. Do your best to stay away from carbohydrates and sugars. In addition to being harmful to your teeth, it can increase blood sugar, which may exacerbate symptoms of depression.
- Stick to crispy fruits and vegetables, nuts and legumes, which help regulate your mood and improve your teeth.
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
- Maintaining routine is beneficial not only for your soul, but also for oral health.