Posted on 3/17/2018 by Acree & Isenhower Family Dentistry
Do you struggle with depression? If so, then it is very likely that your body is struggling with the effects of the ailment. When you get depressed, you struggle to maintain a normal routine in your life more often than not.
This could mean things like not eating right, not taking care of yourself properly, and sometimes even taking medications. All of these things could put your oral health at risk. When you struggle with depression, it is important you talk to us so we can help manage your oral care better.
How Depression Damages Your Oral Health
The first way that depression can damage your oral health is by you eating the wrong items. Everything you eat can harm or help your teeth.
If you are not eating a nutritious diet, or not eating regularly, this can cause your oral health to decline. Plus, the lack of nutrition from the foods you eat can also leave your teeth unable to remineralize, putting you at risk of cavities and tooth decay.
Another way that depression can damage your oral health is by stressing you out. The more stress you are under, the more your oral health can decline. You create more acid in your mouth, plus you are more likely to clench your teeth. Both of these activities can leave your teeth struggling to maintain their overall level of health.
Depression can do a lot of damage. However, it does not mean that you have to lose your oral health. Talk to us about your depression. Let us help you figure out a plan to keep your teeth as healthy as possible while you work through your depression.
If you are not sure if you struggle with depression or not, talk with us. We can work with you and your doctor to help you manage this condition as effectively as possible.