Despite it being obvious, many would not see the link between mental health and oral health. For an anxious or depressed person, the person is seen either not sleeping or sleeping too much. He could also be not eating or pigging out. Anxiety has many faces. Very few realise that when a person is depressed, they can be very lethargic. They would not want to move, not even to take a bath or brush their teeth.They are tired all the time and not merely sullen.
Depression is a very uphill battle. It sometimes start out as anxiety. Persistent feeling of anxiousness often leads to depression. An anxious person would exhibit tightening of the jaw and grinding of the teeth. Prolonged behaviour would cause teeth to weaken. Visiting a dentist when this happens is a good idea. A good dentist will show you presentation templates of what is happening to your jaw and teeth to better illustrate the dangers of teeth grinding. Without proper dental care, there is an increased risk of cavities and gum disease. There is a 2.8 more chance that a person with mental illness have lost all his teeth. This could deter him from seeking out friends or family.
Some anxiety medication contribute to oral health problems. They diminish saliva production leading to dry mouth. Other oral conditions that could arise are burning mouth syndrome, TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint disorders, mouth ulcers and canker sores.
In the same breath, a bad oral health practice may affect mental health. Not caring for your teeth might result to anxiety and bad breath. People usually will not comment on how you look or smell up close. A person who already knows he has oral problems will usually not be as sociable as he would be had he not had them. This could affect his self-image and self-esteem. This will be cause for even more anxiety. A talk with your oral health provider could fend off bigger problems. They would be in a better position to advise you what to do.