Dental Stress, Stress About the Dentist and Other News of Note
Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2008
Worries About Money Can Take a Toll on Your Teeth (Daily Herald)
Does the sinking stock market cause you to clench your teeth?
Do you wake up with a headache, sore teeth or a sore jaw? Millions of people clench and grind their teeth without realizing it, particularly while they’re sleeping. Both habits can escalate into serious pain and problems of the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, which joins the jaw to the skull. And they are far more common at times of stress.
“TMJ and Wall Street go hand in hand, especially lately,” says Anthony Chillura, a longtime dentist in New York City’s financial district. “Some people get ulcers. Some people get high blood pressure. Some manifest their stress dentally.”
Common Fear of Dentists Can Be Detrimental to Health (Daily Bruin)
Dental phobia can range in severity from person to person, said Raphael Rose, an assistant clinical professor in the UCLA Department of Psychology.
Dental phobia can become an acute psychological condition to the extent that it is impossible for a patient to receive proper dental care without psychological therapy, said Craig Woods, an adjunct professor of the UCLA School of Dentistry.
Positive relationships between the dentist and the patient are important in the treatment of dental phobia. Also, the very first appointment is an essential time for the patient to establish trust in the dentist.
Patient-dentist relationships are very fragile as one small mistake can ruin the relationship, said Dr. Ronald Mito, professor of clinical dentistry and associate dean of clinical dental sciences at the UCLA School of Dentistry.
“You not only have to establish it (the relationship). You have to monitor and maintain it,” he said.
Even Occasional Smoking Can Impair Arteries (ScienceDaily)
“Most people know that if they have a cigarette or two over the weekend that it’s not good for their arteries,” said study co-author Kevin McCully, a professor of kinesiology in the UGA College of Education, “but what they may not be aware of—and what our study shows—is that the decrease in function persists into the next week, if not longer.”
St. John’s Wort and Depression (NHS Choices)
This systematic review and meta-analysis is the most reliable evidence of the effects of St. John’s wort for major depression to date. The findings – that it is more effective than placebo and the same as standard antidepressants (albeit safer) – apply mainly to people with mild to moderate depression. The authors say that for severe major depression, the evidence is ‘still insufficient to draw conclusions’. Given the various preparations of St. John’s wort that are available over the counter, and the potentially serious interactions that can occur with other commonly used medications, people who want to take this drug should speak to their doctors.
Therapeutic strategies to strengthen antioxidant defences could help to prevent the progression of Huntington’s Disease. This is the suggestion from the results of the first ever trial on human samples carried out by researchers at the University of Lleida.
A study carried out by Catalan researchers shows that oxidative stress and damage to certain macromolecules are involved in the progression of Huntington’s Disease (HD), which is characterised by psychiatric and cognitive disturbance, involuntary movements (chorea) and dementia.
Why Do Women Get More Cavities than Men? (ScienceDaily)
Reproduction pressures and rising fertility explain why women suffered a more rapid decline in dental health than did men as humans transitioned from hunter-and-gatherers to farmers and more sedentary pursuits, says a University of Oregon anthropologist.
The conclusion follows a comprehensive review of records of the frequencies of dental cavities in both prehistoric and living human populations from research done around the world. A driving factor was dramatic changes in female-specific hormones, reports John R. Lukacs, a professor of anthropology who specializes in dental, skeletal and nutritional issues.