Economic stress affecting
teeth, causing gum disease
Delhi, Dec 11 (IANS) It may sound far fetched but stress due
to economic recession is harming dental structure and causing
gum diseases, doctors in the national capital said Thursday.
economic stress among people has a deep damaging impact on
teeth and heart. Recent studies have found that financial
stress is one of the major cause of increasing dental problems,”
said Mahesh Verma, principal of the Maulana Azad Institute
of Dental Sciences (MAIDS).
due to financial crisis gives rise to gum disease, which may
even lead to more serious health problems," Verma said
at the ongoing Dental Health Fair here.
Captain Rajesh Madan, a dental surgeon with the Indian Air
Force (IAF), said: “Stress damages dental structures quickly
damage starts when chemical triggers block your immune function,
and deplete your teeth supporting bones of calcium and other
necessities in order to maintain blood mineral levels,” Madan
stress may lead to people grinding more teeth and (thus) damages
dental health. With the result that affected people require
more extensive corrective procedures such as dental implants
or gum grafting," Verma said.
recent studies have found that gum infection may contribute
to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of
stroke, increase the risk of premature births in women, and
further compromise the health of people living with diabetes
and respiratory disease,” he warned.
Bajaj, director of private Altius Healthcare, said the result
of stress can be tooth infections leading to problems in the
coronary arteries of the heart.
said stress emanating from economic slow down lead to mouth
sores and gum disease, and encourages teeth and their support
bones to decay.
biting and tooth grinding wear out protective enamel and supporting
jaw tissues, which multiply the risk of infection,” Bajaj
seven-day dental health fair is going on at the Maulana Azad
Medical College in the capital.