How Tooth Loss Can Lead to Anxiety and Depression
A gap-toothed smile can make you feel self-conscious, but a recent study reveals that the consequences can go much further. Researchers analyzed data from nearly three hundred eligible respondents who were aged nineteen and older. They answered questions about tooth loss and dental care access, as well as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, self-worth, and other symptoms.
The study, which was presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research, determined that anxiety and depression were strongly correlated with tooth loss. Anxiety and specifically dental anxiety could lead to avoiding dental care, which could increase the risk of tooth loss, while depression could lead to decreased attention to healthy dental habits. Additionally, medications to treat anxiety and depression can cause dry mouth, which can lead to decay and other problems, further increasing the risk of tooth loss. Tooth loss in turn can lead to symptoms of depression and anxiety.
If you have lost teeth, replacing them can help you maintain a healthy sense of self and self-confidence. Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement and give you the look and feel of natural teeth. If you are currently being treated for depression or anxiety, let Dr. Mondavi know so that we can take the necessary steps to protect your smile. Chewing sugar-free gum and staying hydrated can both be beneficial, but you might need to have additional fluoride treatments or use a saliva replacement product, as well. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.
Back to Blog