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Stress and Your Teeth

 
Chapter: How Your Dentist Can Check For Stress

After a thorough examination and diagnosis of oral problems and screening for a linked stress-related disorder, dentists can help patients by referring them to a medical specialist.

 

"The 'team treatment' between dentist and medical specialist ensures both oral and overall health problems are being treated," explains Edward Grace, DDS, MA, FAGD, co-author of an article on stress-related disorders that appears in the November/December 2002 issue of General Dentistry, the clinical, peer-reviewed scientific journal of the AGD.

 

"It's hard for most people to identify how much stress they're experiencing and to what degree it's affecting their body until they get sick," says Dr. Bastian. "Regular six-month dental checkups are a first-line of defense for detecting stress-related disorders early."
 
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