Have Depression? Study Identifies a Possible Link to Oral Health
Alpharetta dentist Dr. Kai Liang sees patients every day who struggle with the problem of missing teeth. Of course, a missing tooth can take a toll on your oral health, and you also know you can’t feel your best with a big gap in your smile.
Oral Health and Your Overall Health
But according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), the problem is more than esthetic. People who have dental anxiety and skip visits to the dentist are at increased risk for early tooth loss. And a recent study by the AAID shows that the loss of teeth was a significant contributor to depression and anxiety.
We want to help you avoid getting to the point where depression over poor oral health or tooth loss rules your life. You may be stuck on the idea that dental visits have to be stressful or uncomfortable. If this is the case, you owe it to yourself and your oral health to seek out a compassionate dentist who will do everything to put you at ease.
You may feel embarrassed about sharing your concerns with a dentist. But we assure you that opening up and letting your dentist know how you feel is essential. Dental anxiety is very common, and we aren’t here to judge you because you missed a few appointments and let your oral health slide.
A bright, healthy smile can do wonders for your appearance, but now we know it can also benefit your mental health. Please don’t let anxiety or depression about your oral health lead to serious problems like tooth loss. Alpharetta dentist Dr. Kai Liang and our team are here to listen to your concerns and find solutions that allow you to get the care you need comfortably. Contact our office today!