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Stress may lead to poor dental health
Updated: 4/6/2009 1:00:35 PM

Stress may lead to poor dental health A new study has found that there may be a connection between the stress levels of parents and the instances of tooth decay in their children.

Researchers from Ohio State University examined the stress levels of various parents, as well as their education level, income and whether or not they were single parents. Those elements were taken into account since they can lead to more stress in one's life.

The study revealed that the more stressed parents were, the more likely their children would experience tooth decay, which would lead to more dental care.

However, when a child's dental health was treated, it appeared the stress level of a parent decreased, suggesting that a dental checkup may be more beneficial than one realizes.

One way to ensure a child's dental health remains optimal is for parents to start routine dental care in the home with teeth cleanings, rinsing with fluoride and regular flossing. This will also help the parent avoid certain conditions that can develop from poor dental care such as heart disease and diabetes, according to the American Dental Association.

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