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The connection between physical and mental health is one of the most confusing and difficult to research connections in medicine today. There is plenty of circumstantial evidence that suggests poor mental health can lead to poor physical health, but little specific evidence. However, a 2011 study conducted by the New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) seeks to back this connection with hard data. The study was designed to assess the link between dental health and family dynamics in children. They were testing to see if there was an actual physiological effect of poor parenting on oral health. In a study of roughly 150 families that included blood/saliva samples and questionnaires, researchers concluded that the more physical or verbal conflicts that occurred between the parents, the more oral health issues the child had.
The researchers behind the findings explain that this clear correlation has two parts: the actual negligence of the parents, and the effect stress has on a physiological level. Basically, the compounded effect of parents not teaching their children proper oral hygiene techniques, and the stress of family conflict generally lowering immunological response, leaves children of troubled homes at risk of oral disease. Researchers do point out that lax parenting habits are even more dangerous than the stress factor, and letting your kids eat unhealthy and sugary foods is the fastest track to the dentist. However at the same time, it shows how the mind and body are connected, and how you must take care of both to stay healthy!
Serious dental infections all start simply enough, bacteria lands on some food stuck to a tooth and starts eating. As the bacteria replicate they start forming a biofilm, a layer of bacteria, that we know as dental plaque. As the bacteria continue to feast, they start producing acid as a byproduct. This acid starts eroding […]
While the old adage states “Brush only the ones you want to keep”, we definitely don’t condone that behavior. Not only do we recommend cleaning all your teeth, here are a few other areas of the mouth that are often overlooked. Tongue – Like all other parts of the mouth, the tongue can accumulate debris […]
Can toothpaste save your life? According to researchers, the answer seems to be… yes!. As you may know, your oral health is the gateway to your overall health, so why not take both into consideration when you’re brushing your teeth? According to the CDC, nearly 48 percent of Americans age 30 and older (and even […]
While fluoride is essential for creating a healthy, thick enamel layer on teeth, if too much of it is present, especially at a key point in a child’s dental development, a condition called fluorosis can occur. This condition presents itself most commonly in children as old as nine in the form of discoloration of teeth, […]
One of the first questions that patients looking to replace missing teeth with dental implants ask is, “How much do dental implants cost?”. The inevitable answer is, “It depends”. This isn’t because the person answering the phone is trying to brush off the question, it’s because it really does depend. Here are some factors that […]
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