Oral Health Tips For Patients With Clinical Depression

31 July 2015
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

As someone who has been diagnosed with clinical depression, you know how hard it can be sometimes to accomplish even the simplest tasks of daily living. If you have noticed that your oral health has been declining, then you are not alone. This is very common amongst people with depressive moods.

By following these tips, you can help to keep your teeth and gums healthy, even when you don't have any energy to spare:

Tip: Chew Sugarless Gum to Combat Dry Mouth 

Many of the medications that are used to treat clinical depression today cause dry mouth as a side effect. When your mouth is continually dry, this can lead to excessive bacteria growth that causes decay.

To combat dry mouth, chew sugarless gum and drink lots of water. The water will help you stay hydrated, and the sugarless gum will promote saliva production in your mouth.

Tip: Keep Extra Dental Supplies in Comfortable Areas of Your Home

Place extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, bottled water, and floss in areas where you spend a lot of your time. Some good places to put these supplies are:

  • in the bathroom near the toilet
  • next to your favorite TV chair
  • on your desk next to your computer

By having dental supplies easily within reach of your favorite chair or on your desk, you will not need to talk yourself into making a special trip to the bathroom to brush and floss. 

Since fatigue is a major symptom of depression, even standing at the bathroom sink to brush your teeth may be draining. Instead, place a toothbrush on a small shelf within reach of the toilet. Since you have no choice but to sit there multiple times each day, you will have many opportunities when you can brush or floss before doing your business.

Tip: Eat Good Foods Like Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables

WebMD.com says that one study showed that people who ate more fruits and veggies felt better about their health and relieved their depression. If you specifically eat crunchy fruits and vegetables, you will also help to keep your teeth clean. Crunchy natural foods, such as apples, celery, and carrots help to remove plaque and tarter buildup from your teeth and gums. 

Finally, dental professionals understand the struggles of their patients with mental health issues. By speaking with a dentist, like Barry Groder DDS, about your depression, he or she will provide you with further tips for good oral health. Additionally, they will work with you to ensure that you attend regular appointments for check-ups and dental cleanings.