We explain how periodontitis (gum disease) could be linked to mental health and how dental professionals could help with mental health care.
Localised inflammation such as that associated with chronic gum disease causes general systemic inflammation which is a potent risk factor for mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. Conversely, the likelihood and severity of inflammatory conditions such as gum disease can be affected by mental health status, because poor mental health is linked to changes which are themselves pro-inflammatory.
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