Dentists in Gainesville, Florida are seeing some changes in their patients' behavior due to the recession, most of them not healthy, according to an article in the Gainesville Sun.
A common one is putting off procedures due to an inability to pay. People are cancelling or no-showing more often, and opting for the cheaper alternative - fillings instead of a crowns, or even having a tooth extraction instead, according to Darylin Kestner, business manager for Gainesville Family Dentistry.
Kestner said she has also seen people race to fit in one last appointment before the loss of their job robs them of their dental insurance.
"They have until the end of the month and decide to come in," she said.
The changes in dental health aren't just through avoiding dental care, however. The stress of the economy is getting to people in other ways - more patients are showing up with problems due to grinding and clenching their teeth, according to the article.
Stress can cause people to grind and clench their teeth, although no one really knows why, according to Dr Boyd Robinson of the University of Florida College of Dentistry.
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