IS THERE A CONNECTION BETWEEN ORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health is linked to oral health, and vice versa. Good oral health can enhance mental and overall health, while poor oral health can exacerbate mental issues. Likewise, mental conditions can cause oral health issues. The connection between them is direct, cyclical and, when oral health is neglected, detrimental.

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DIABETES AND YOUR TEETH

Diabetes may cause serious problems with keeping your mouth healthy and having an attractive smile. The disease causes difficulties in the mouth, and problems in the mouth may cause trouble with diabetes. With diabetes, glucose is present in the saliva. When diabetes is not controlled, increased glucose in the saliva allows harmful bacteria to grow.   Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the most widespread chronic inflammatory condition worldwide, says Dr. Wayne Aldredge.

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SMART APPS FOR DENTAL HEALTH CARE

Oral health is often taken for granted. The mouth is a window into the health of the entire body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases – those that affect the entire body – may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.   Regardless of age, oral health is very important. Positive oral health leads to improved overall health. More Americans today are keeping their natural teeth throughout their lives.

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To find the specific credentials of potential psychotherapists, use the American Psychological Association’s (APA) psychologist locator (www.apa.org/helpcenter). You can also call your local branch of the APA or ask for a referral from your primary care physician. Find someone you are comfortable talking to. Feel free to ask them about their qualifications, their experience dealing with depression and their approach to treatment.


There are different kinds of talk therapy. The two most commonly used for depression are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy. CBT looks at how negative thought patterns may be affecting your mood. The therapist helps you learn how to make positive changes in your thoughts and behaviors. Treatment is usually short term for a set length of time (between six and 24 one-hour sessions). Interpersonal therapy focuses on how you relate to others. It helps you make positive changes in your personal relationships. Both types of therapy can be effective in treating depression.


You may not feel better immediately while undergoing talk therapy, but over time, you should notice some improvement. If you don’t start feeling better, talk with

TALK THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION

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your therapist. He or she may try another therapy approach or refer you for other kinds of treatment. You may benefit from seeing someone else.


Therapy is not always easy and can sometimes even be painful as you work through difficult problems, but if you stick with it, talk therapy can be gratifying and give you the tools to help ease your depression.


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Many people experience depression at some stage in their life. People have stressful and busy lives, and when major events occur that add to that load, they can go beyond just feeling miserable and down. The episode may only last a short time before you return to feeling more like your usual self, but if the stress continues, you may begin to feel overwhelmed.


Depression and anxiety often occur at the same time. It is hard not to worry when you are feeling low. Anxiety can be quite strong, causing heart palpitations, nausea, pain in the chest or stomach cramps. These feelings may be fleeting or present most of the time.


Counseling, psychotherapy or talk therapy is effective in treating depression and anxiety. If you are going through a sad, upsetting time – a relative or friend has died, you find out you have a serious illness, you’re struggling with infertility, you’ve lost your job – talking about your thoughts and feelings can help you cope. If you turn a worry over repeatedly in your mind, the worry can grow, but talking about it can help you work out what is bothering you and explore what you can do about it. If you have mild to moderate depression, talk therapy might be all you need to feel better, but if you have severe depression, you may benefit from medication in addition to talk therapy.


Once you’ve decided to pursue talk therapy, the first step is to make sure you find an experienced, qualified therapist.