- Apr 19, 2019
- South Carolina
I’m new here so I don’t even know if I’m doing this right but here goes. I’ve been struggling with mental illness for about ten years now (I’m 20) after the death of my mother. My depression resulted in a lack of good oral hygiene and it’s made me afraid to go to the dentist. I have only been once and it was when I was 15-16 to have a tooth removed. I never got the tooth replaced and I’m extremely self conscious about it. I don’t smile or laugh openly because I’m afraid someone will notice I have a missing tooth. I also have other dental issues that need to be fixed. My teeth aren’t the worst but I’m still afraid a dentist will shame me or judge me for not taking care of them. Does anyone else deal with poor oral hygiene due to mental illness? It would be nice to know I’m not alone in this.