how conflict can effect your teeth

A new study suggests there is a correlation between high physical and verbal conflict and dental health. High conflict results in more cavities and poor dental care. To that degree, your lack of happiness at home may not only make you smile less, but when you smile, you’re more apt to have decayed, missing or filled teeth.

Colgate published an article that described a research study of 135 families who had elementary-age children. The families filled out questionnaires regarding harsh discipline and parent to parent and parent-child relationships that involved physical and emotional aggression. The numbers of decayed, missing and filled teeth were also tabulated.

Research Findings

Here’s what they found:

  • The more conflict men and women had with their partners, the more tooth decay they had
  • Children with mothers who showed emotional aggression toward the partner had more cavities

Possible Reasons for Poor Dental Health

A negative emotional environment may disrupt routines like regular daily brushing and because parents are preoccupied they don’t tend to get their children to truth regularly.

Stress resulting from an intense emotional atmosphere may also lead to eating foods that contain more sugar, and therefore making families more prone to cavities.

ADA Recommendations for Healthy Teeth

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the following for healthy teeth:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice daily, using a soft-bristled brush
  • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if bristles are frayed
  • Use ADA approved fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss at least once a day

Get Regular Dental Checkups

At Hutto Hippo Family Dental, Dr. Baker can answer your questions about dental care and help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene. We can catch problems before they worsen and recommend dental care that doesn’t just treat the problem but that also is helps prevent future problems. We wish you a happy holiday season!