New study suggests that good oral health can be as much about the mind as it is about the mouth

According to a recent study in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, depression can contribute to gum disease and poor oral health. Individuals who suffer from depression are 20% more likely to experience gum disease. One possible reason is that depression limits the body’s natural ability to fight inflammation. Also, those who are experiencing symptoms of depression are often less likely to practice good oral health habits. This study points to the need for better education around oral health for both mental health practitioners and their clients.

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