20 Ways Depression Can Wreak Havoc On Your Health

When it comes to depression, misery loves company -- from brittle bones to common colds (20 Photos)

Stacey Colino on Oct 20, 2010 at 2:22PM

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20 Ways Depression Can Wreak Havoc On Your Health

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Depression Can Ruin Your Teeth

Depression can bring on periodontal (aka gum) disease, and affect its progression. In a study of 45 people with periodontal disease, researchers at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, found that levels of cortisol (a stress hormone that can cause harmful inflammation) were higher in those who were depressed. In addition, the depressed patients had more missing teeth, possibly because during periods of depression they were too down to take proper care of their teeth. What’s more, research at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry found that depressed individuals who had wounds in their mouths took three and a half times longer to heal than nondepressed folks with similar mouth wounds.

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