The Connection Between Dental Health and Mental Health: Cognitive Decline and Dementia
The brunt of COVID-19 compelled many people to put their health on the back burner in 2020. Many doctors offices were forced to close, while individuals and families suffered a financial impact under quarantine. Now that the pandemic has subsided enough to perform medical treatment, healthcare has yet to become the main priority for many. Mental health issues alone have skyrocketed over the last year, but many people may not realize how their mental health can affect oral health.
Mental health and COVID-19
The numbers of those suffering from anxiety and depression are growing at an intense rate. A CDC report which surveyed adults across the U.S. in June of 2020 identified a 31% increase in anxiety or depression related symptoms, 13% started or increased substance use, 26% reported stress-related symptoms, and 11% had serious thoughts of suicide in the last 30 days. These numbers are nearly double the anticipated rate prior to the pandemic. Read More