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Stress can affect dental health

Wed

Members of the Saving Teeth campaign have warned dental patients that stress could be impacting on their teeth as well as their general health. Bruxism – grinding or clenching of teeth – affects around ten percent of the UK population, and is known to wear away enamel, fracture teeth, and cause severe jaw problems.

Endodontic specialist, Julian Webber, has spoken about the lack of information about stress related bruxism, saying that people should talk to their dentist if they are having problems with clenching or grinding, particularly at nighttime. Dr Webber pointed out that it was important to stop the process of wear before it gets unmanageable, saying that the average persons tooth is put under enormous pressure as it is, including fractures, fillings, infections, root canals, and other dental procedures. He said ‘If you add stress into the mix and have people with filled teeth clenching and grinding, they can develop a range of problems in their teeth and jaws. I can generally tell the patients who are stressed just by looking into their mouths’.

24th-30th of October is Bruxism Awareness Week, and campaigners are asking people who think they might be suffering from stress-related dental problems to take advantage of the opportunity and ‘talk to your dentist about wear and tear on your teeth and how he or she can help you’.

Emergency dentistry news: Teeth can be saved by root canal therapy

Fri

Emergency dentistry news: Teeth can be saved by root canal therapyA new campaign has been launched to inform people their teeth can be saved using emergency dentistry.

The recent Adult Dental Survey revealed that two million teeth were removed as part of medical treatment last year, but experts have argued patients may not have been aware that emergency dentistry could have saved their smile.

Harley Street Centre for Endodontics has launched the Saving Teeth campaign which aims to inform people of dental procedures that could protect teeth and help them avoid having them removed.

Root canal treatment is said to be one of the most effective methods used by dentists to remove a tooth. However, research has shown people tend to avoid this treatment due to the pain it causes.

Psychology Professor Tim Newton claims feeling nervous may deter people from having necessary treatment which will work out more effectively in the long term.

He said: "When they do attend often make decisions which they might not make if they were less anxious – for example to have teeth extracted rather than to attend more appointments to repair their teeth."ADNFCR-2621-ID-800484905-ADNFCR

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