5 Things To Know About Your Oral Health And Depression

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Your oral health is connected to several other areas of your health, including your mental health. If you may be depressed or are at a high risk of experiencing depression, it is important for you to know the following five things about oral health and depression.  Your Fillings Could Be Exacerbating Your Depression Amalgam fillings are made of several types of metal bound together by mercury. Unfortunately, mercury is a toxic substance, and there is a small possibility that your fillings can leak mercury as a gas or liquid. One of the symptoms of mercury poisoning is depression. Although most patients with amalgam fillings do not experience mercury poisoning, it is worth considering as a source of depression if you have them. If you have amalgam fillings and depression, you may want to be tested for mercury poisoning. As your amalgam fillings wear down, you should replace them with composite fillings.  Chronic Pain Can Increase Symptoms of Depression  It is common for people who experience chronic pain to become depressed. Oral pain can often become a chronic issue for several issues. You may put off going to the dentist, suffering with pain for longer than necessary. In some cases, it may seem like you have one oral issue after another due to poor hygiene or a genetic disposition for cavities. It can also be difficult to diagnose and treat some types of oral pain.  It is important to go to your dentist regularly to prevent oral pain from developing. If you suffer from oral pain for an extended period of time, you should be aware that you are at a higher risk for developing depression.  Smiling Can Elevate Your Mood Smiling can decrease stress hormones and increase positive hormones, which can help prevent depression. Unfortunately, a recent study showed that more than one-third of Americans are unhappy with their smile. If you are unhappy with your smile, you are less likely to smile as often, which means you are missing out on the positive effects of smiling.  Your dentist can suggest ways to improve your smile that can increase your confidence and make you want to smile more often. Some options may include teeth whitening, gum reduction, or veneers.  Your Dentist May Be Able to Detect Symptoms of Depression Depression often includes symptoms such as a lack of interest in self-care and an increased desire for foods that will increase the production of serotonin, such as carbohydrates. Both of these symptoms can lead to an increase in tooth decay and gum disease. If you suddenly have an increase in oral issues, do not be surprised if your dentist asks about your mental health and makes a referral to a mental health...

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Put Off Your Root Canal

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When your dentist tells you that you need to have a root canal, your first instinct might be to try to find a way out of it. This is especially true if you already have a hard time going to the dentist. If you have a phobia about dentists or dental work that makes it tough for you to schedule a regular check-up and cleaning, then it’s understandable that you might avoid making an appointment for a more serious procedure, like a root canal. And even if you’re not typically nervous about dental work, root canals can be scary just because of all the negative information that you hear about them. However, the consequences of putting off or failing to have a needed root canal can be very serious. Take a look at a few reasons why you shouldn’t delay a needed root canal. You Could Lose the Tooth The reason that your dentist is recommending a root canal is because your tooth is infected and dying. You may not think of your teeth as being alive because they’re hard and unmoving, but of course, they’re made up of living cells just like the rest of your body. Inside of your tooth, there’s a soft, pulp-like tissue, and that’s where the infection lies. If the infection isn’t stopped, your tooth will die and the infection will spread to other parts of your mouth. At that point, the original infected tooth will need to be removed. Gaps left by extracted teeth can cause more problems. Your remaining teeth can start to shift toward the gap in your mouth, which can cause jaw pain and chewing problems. To prevent this, you’ll need a replacement tooth – either an implant or a bridge. A root canal, however, removes the infection, prevents it from spreading, and saves the tooth, which eliminates the need for further dental work. Failing to have a needed root canal will lead to more problems and a need for even more dental procedures. You’ll Experience More Pain Typically, by the time your dentist recommends a root canal, you’ll already be experiencing pain in the affected tooth because of the infection. However, it is possible to experience minimal or no pain with the infection. If you’re not feeling pain, or you think you can live with the amount of pain that you have, it’s important to realize that the pain will probably get worse as the infection spreads. The tooth may become tender to the touch, making it difficult for you to eat or chew. The abscess can grow larger and begin pressing directly on the nerve. Having a root canal stops the pain that you’re feeling and prevents you...

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