Dental disease

How is dental disease related to schizophrenia?

Oral health is an important part of overall physical health. People with severe mental illness are susceptible to oral disease for a number of reasons which may include poor oral hygiene, concern about dental costs, difficulty in accessing healthcare facilities, and the side-effects of psychiatric drugs such as dry mouth.

What is the evidence for comorbid dental disease?

Moderate quality evidence suggests people with schizophrenia have more decayed and missing teeth and fewer filled teeth than people without schizophrenia.

June 2020

Last updated at: 4:09 am, 18th June 2020
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