Link between Tooth Loss and Depression
Tooth loss can lead to complex biosocial symptoms, according to a recent study. The study, published at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research, revealed that losing a tooth can affect feelings of self-worth and self-esteem. Over time, this can increase the risk of depression and anxiety. Anxiety can then result in reduced access to dental care, and depression can result in complete dental negligence. By not getting the proper dental care, a buildup of plaque can lead to further tooth loss.
This study was based on a survey by the Centers for Disease Control, where researchers used data from almost 300 people over the age of 19. About 16 percent of all participants reported depression, another 13 percent reported suffering from anxiety and almost 6 percent reported tooth loss. Both men and women were included in the survey. Researchers determined that there was a strong correlation between tooth loss and depression, in comparison to patients who had neither depression nor anxiety.Your smile could be struggling to stay healthy if you have suffered tooth loss and have depression or anxiety. Our expert in Dental implants in Huntington Beach works with patients to ease their discomfort and fear so that they can get the essential dental care that they need. Sedation may be appropriate for those who suffer from severe anxiety to help, also. If you have already lost teeth, dental implants may be an option for replacing them. Implants look and feel like your real, natural teeth and can restore your ability to bite, chew, talk and smile. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.
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