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Don't overlook dental health in times of stress, experts warn
Updated: 9/22/2008 8:00:01 PM
 

Don We all face a variety of pressures in our daily lives, which may cause us to prioritize particular aspects of their health over others. This may be especially true in times of nationwide economic uncertainty.

However, dental health experts are cautioning people not to overlook their dental health in times of stress.

A study published in the online edition of journal Health Services Research suggests that factors such as unemployment can impact the level of attention people give to preventive oral care.

Even if someone is not out of work themselves, they could still have concerns about the possibility of such an occurrence, the researchers said.

"During stressful periods, those things that don't seem as urgent may be ignored," commented Brian Quinn, author of the study.

Commenting on the findings, Gene Sekiguchi of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, said that people should remember the links between dental hygiene and general health.

Professor Howard Jenkinson of the University of Bristol recently drew attention to the connections between heart disease and teeth problems at the autumn meeting of the Society for General Microbiology.
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