Oral health management in patients with depression
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To the Editor:
This September, Clinical Oral Investigations brings the report titled “Is depression associated with oral health in adults and elders? A systematic review and meta-analysis” , which concluded that depression is associated with dental caries, tooth loss, and edentulism. The authors then propose that “studies with longitudinal design should explore the association between oral [health] and depression in both directions in order to identify the cause and effect of this association” . This statement is quite relevant, and our group has focused particularly on the effects of overall health issues in oral health. We believe the focus of future research however should be on the dental treatments provided to this population instead of merely trying to identify how much each condition impacts the other. It is quite obvious from the systematic review  and the work of others cited in the review that the worse the depression, the worse the oral health outcomes....
Data for the study were obtained from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Dental Registry and DNA Repository project. I.W.H. and C.C.A.F were financed in part by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Brasil (CAPES) - Finance Code 001.
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