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Global Disability Research Group Seminar Series

focusing on cross-disciplinary global disability research.
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Global Health (IGH) Symposia

Members of the department contribute to IGH public meetings which bring together expertise on global health issues from all faculties within UCL.
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2010 Seminar Series

Speaker: Ms Elsa Karina Delgado Angulo

Title: 'The association and potential pathways between some common mental disorders and oral health among Finnish dentate adults'

Date & Time: Friday 26 November - 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38

Abstract:

There are behavioural and physiological alterations associated with mental disorders, which suggest a link between common mental disorders and oral health. For instance, behavioural changes that could deteriorate oral health include a higher sugar consumption, smoking, and poor oral hygiene. In addition, physiological responses associated with mental disorders, i.e. inflammation, could also play a role in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease and the sympathetic stimulation could lead to a reduction in salivary secretions. On top of that, psychotropic drugs could hamper a person’s oral hygiene techniques and can also decrease salivary secretions. Nonetheless, there has been very little research on this topic and the results from the few studies are inconclusive. The objectives of this study are to explore the association of common mental disorders, depression and anxiety, with different clinical and perceived measures of oral health status and to explore possible pathways underlying these associations.

Elsa completed a BDS and an MSc in Stomatology at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru) where she has been an Associate Professor of Social Dentistry since 2000. Elsa joined the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London in 2009 to pursue a PhD degree under the supervision of Prof Richard Watt and Dr Georgios Tsakos.

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