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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 52-56

Psychological impact of quarantine on mental and oral health: Lessons learned from previous quarantine and can be applied for current COVID-19 pandemic

Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Al-Farabi Private Colleges, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Mohamed Yaser Kharma
Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Al-Farabi Private colleges/ Jeddah.
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INJO.INJO_28_20

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Stress, depression, and anxiety are commonly associated with the long-term of Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quarantine. These effects have implications on mental and oral health. We did a review of the psychological impact of quarantine in general using electronic data base. We tried to focus on psychological effects of quarantine on immune response, parafunctional habits and periodontal diseases. We included in this research, most studies which reported psychological effects of quarantine including: post-traumatic stress symptoms, confusion, anger, stress, depression, and anxiety. During several weeks of COVID-19 quarantine or social distancing, individuals will have to establish their own ways of preserving their mental health at home. Studies surveying those who had been quarantined reports of emotional disturbance, depression, stress, low mood, irritability, insomnia, post-traumatic stress symptoms, anger and emotional exhaustion. Stress, depression, and anxiety have impacts on immune responses, oral health and periodontal disease. It becomes more important in the quarantine period of the epidemic outbreak to understand the psychological impact of the quarantine on mental and oral health. This article presents valuable knowledge about psychological hygiene during the quarantine, whose behavior is extremely important from the point of view of systemic health, including oral health.

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