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Article: Volume 46 Number 2 Page 119 - February 2019

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  Dent Update 2019; 46: 119-124

Mental Health/Periodontitis:  The Oral Implications of Mental Health Disorders Part 2: Depression

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Abstract: This is the second of two articles that look at the oral manifestations of mental health disorders. Part 1 focused on eating disorders, covering anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. It explained each condition, common associated habits and explored the possible oral signs and symptoms that may present. Part 2 concentrates on depression and its significant effect on the oral cavity. These articles aim to increase awareness of mental health disorders and highlight the importance of dental practitioners being able to recognize oral signs and symptoms of eating disorders so that appropriate referrals can be made.

Clinical relevance: Depression is an increasingly common affliction and therefore it is important for dental professionals to recognize the associated oral manifestations. An improved awareness of the condition and possible symptoms can aid diagnosis and appropriate management.

Author notes: Nisma Patel, BDS(Birm) and Michael Milward, BDS(Birm), MFGDP(Lond), MFDS RCPS(Glas), FHEA(UK), PhD(Birm), GDC, Specialist in Periodontology, Reader and Honorary Consultant in Periodontology, Birmingham School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham, Mill Pool Way, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7EG, UK.

Objective: To understand the mental health disorder, depression.

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