Contributing Factors to the Oral Effects of Schizophrenia

A Peer-Reviewed Publication Written by Vaishali Singhal, DMD, MS


Oral health is linked to overall health and is a window to a person's general state of well-being. Recent research has demonstrated that many systemic disorders present with oral manifestations and that poor oral health may be a sign of underlying systemic diseases. Oral health also has a social impact as it affects social life and interactions, ability to pronounce words, ability to eat, and feelings of self-confidence. Poor oral health may also affect one's career. This course will focus on the oral health concerns of those who suffer from psychiatric disorders, specifically schizophrenia.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational activity participants will be able to:

  1. Define schizophrenia and differentiate between the positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia
  2. Discuss the overall health issues in those who suffer from schizophrenia
  3. State the predisposing factors for schizophrenia
  4. Discuss management of the noncompliant patient 

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