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Dr. Gary R. DiStefano, DDS &
Schaefer Dental Group


HOWELL, MI 48843
OFFICE (517) 546-8983
FAX (517) 546-1422

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How Mental Health Can Impact Dental Health

Do you struggle with mental health disorders? Do you have a child or other family member who is dealing with depression, anxiety, or a form of post-traumatic stress disorder?
Are you taking these things into consideration when it comes to taking care of your teeth and overall oral health?
Many people don’t realize the impact that mental health issues have on the health of their mouths. For example, some people with anxiety may also suffer from teeth grinding, or even lockjaw. 
When you visit your dentist, if you’re dealing with any of the issues listed above, gentle dental procedures are likely your top priority, and they’re ours too! At Dr. DiStefano’s office, we know that every patient is different. 
Our team works hard to ensure that all the procedures we do leave you comfortable and at ease when you’re in the exam room at our practice.

How Do Gentle Dental Procedures Help Patients With Mental Health Disorders?

Did you know that psychiatric-mental health patients have an increased risk of oral health neglect stemming from a combination of mental health and behavioral factors, including severe dental anxiety, high prevalence of substance use (alcohol, tobacco and narcotics) and low mood, motivation and priority placed on oral health and dental care? 
Make sure you mention any issues you’re having with your dentist so they can be on the lookout for any signs in your oral health that point to bigger health issues, such as:
  • Enamel erosion and calcium decreases, typically found in patients with eating disorders
  • Poor oral hygiene in patients who typically have good oral health, which could be a sign of depressive symptoms
  • Patients who brush too vigorously, typically seen in patients with obsessive compulsive disorders and bipolar disorders
Talking with your dentist ensures that you receive the best gentle dental procedures customized just for you. At Dr. DiStefano’s office, we take your mental health and oral health seriously!
Don’t wait to talk to your dentist. Schedule your 6 month appointment today!
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