Monthly Archives: March 2014

Can Tooth Loss Cause Depression?

depression-Glasscock Dental Depression is a serious illness affecting an estimated 19 million American Adults. Depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer periods of time.

People who experience dental anxiety tend to skip regular dental maintenance which can lead to tooth loss and other health related illnesses. What people are beginning to realize is that the health of your teeth have a greater impact on your body than what was originally thought.

A recent study shows that people who experience dental anxiety and skip dental visits may end up being depressed based on the ensuing poor dental health or tooth loss. The information comes from a study explained at the 43rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research at West Virginia University.

The results showed that 13.4 percent of participants had some kind of anxiety, 16.7 percent dealt with depression and 5.7 percent had total tooth loss. The participants included the same number of males and females, in addition to including all types of races.

The good news is, depression based on tooth loss can be avoided by regular dental visits with your dentist.  The office of Glasscock Dental specializes in Stress Free Dental which is tailored to help a patient deal with dental anxiety. Also, if you have already experienced tooth loss, it’s still not too late for you to correct.  With the advancement of dental crowns, bonding and other dental procedures, Glasscock Dental can give you that award winning smile that you dream about.

Address:
8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone:

704-510-1150

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704-510-1220

 

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What Causes Mouth Sores?

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What Causes Mouth Sores?

There are two main categories of mouth sores.  Canker Sores and Cold Sores. While many people confuse them, they are very different.  Canker sores typically occur inside the mouth while cold sores typically appear on the outside of the mouth.  Canker Sores, while the exact cause is unknown, it is suspected that their cause is related to stress, acidic or citrus foods.  For more serious canker sores, a compromised immune system and a history of previous outbreaks is usually the reason why.  As for Cold Sores, a virus is the cause and they are contagious.

What are the Types of Mouth Sores?

Mouth Sores-  Simple Canker Sores, Complex Canker Sores and Cold Sores. 

  • Simple Canker Sores– It is unknown the exact cause as to why people develop simple canker sores.  It is thought that these type of canker sores develop due to acidic or citric foods.  Another possible cause is stress or tissue injury.
  • Complex Canker Sores–  This type of canker sore is less common and is most likely to occur with people who have had them before. It is more prevalent with people who have underlying health issues or compromised immune systems.
  • Cold Sores- Cold Sores normally appear on the outside of the mouth.  They are caused by a virus are are very contagious.  Like Canker Sores, they can be painful.

How Can Your Dentist Help?

Most mouth sores will heal on their own within two weeks.  If you have large canker sores that cause you much pain, contact your dentist.  Your dentist can prescribe various treatment options to help you reduce pain and help the sore heal.

Address:
8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone:

704-510-1150

Fax:

704-510-1220