Depressive symptoms have effect on Oral health, finds study
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This study published in the British Dental Journal states that poor oral health is observed in elderly individuals suffering from depressive symptoms.

Data was utilized from wave 7 of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Multiple logistic regression analyses were conducted to assess the association between depressive symptoms, measured through the eight-item Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale and three oral health outcomes, namely self-rated oral health, edentulousness, and oral impacts.

The analytical sample comprised 3,617 individuals. The study findings were;

--The proportion of participants that reported poor self-rated oral health, being edentate, and having at least one oral health impact in the last six months was 19.8%, 7.7%, and 8.9%, respectively.

--Around a tenth of the participants reported having depressive symptoms.

--All unadjusted associations between depressive symptoms and the oral health measures were statistically significant. However, after accounting for potential confounders, only the relationship between depressive symptoms and self-rated oral health remained significant.

--Socioeconomic and general health-related variables appeared to influence the associations between depressive symptoms and oral health, particularly edentulousness and oral impacts.

Conclusively, depressive symptoms were associated with poor self-rated oral health in older English adults.

Source: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-021-2603-1
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