Psychological Effects of Tooth Loss
Losing a tooth could lead to big consequences for your psychological health. A new study, which was presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research, found that dental problems were strongly correlated with depression, anxiety, and other biosocial conditions.
Tooth loss is typically associated with tooth decay and gum disease. Researchers examined data from more than 450,000 participants and included more than 290 eligible participants in their study. The respondents, who were nineteen or older, were asked questions about depression, anxiety, and tooth loss. Of this group, 5.7 percent experienced total tooth loss, 13.4 percent suffered from anxiety, and 16.7 percent suffered from depression.
Dental problems can stem from biosocial factors such as care access, self-esteem, and dental anxiety. These issues can lead to dental neglect and a lack of timely dental care, which can naturally increase the risk of dental disease. Untreated dental disease can worsen feelings of depression and anxiety, and can lead to reduced self-esteem and self-worth.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, dental sedation can help you overcome those negative feelings. It can be administered orally or inhaled through a nasal mask. Tooth loss can be addressed with dental bridges or dental implants. Your smile and your self-confidence can be fully restored with the right care. We can help you access the care you need in a compassionate, caring environment. Call us to learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frame.
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