Dr. R. Constance Wiener, a clinical scientist from West Virginia University, recently presented a research study titled “Association of Tooth Loss and Depression and Anxiety.” Analysis involved frequency, Chi square analysis, and complex survey logistic regression. Participants included 19 years or older, and had complete data on depression, anxiety and tooth loss.
Because of the complexity of factors related to periodontal disease and caries, individuals reporting dental anxiety may avoid seeing the dentist and those with depression may be neglecting their own care. In this study, researchers examined a potential association of tooth loss with depression and anxiety. At the conclusion of this study, the researchers found that tooth loss can be an outcome of chronic illnesses like depression and anxiety.
Our experience is that we can overcome a lot of your anxiety and turn around many of its detrimental effects on your oral health care. If we can be of service or help mitigate your dental anxiety, please contact us for an appointment.
Resource: R. Constance, MA, DMD, Phd. West Virginia University, Morgantown. “Association of Tooth Loss and Depression and Anxiety” International & American Associations for Dental Research
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