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Recession affects dental health
Updated: 10/8/2009 5:00:27 PM

Recession affects dental health The current economic climate in the U.S. hasn't only made traditional dental insurance hard to afford, it's actually damaging American teeth directly.

The New York Times says that dentists in the U.S. have been noticing a lot of their patients are becoming teeth grinders.

"I'm seeing a lot more people that are anxious, stressed out and very concerned about their financial futures and they're taking it out on their teeth," said Dr. Steven Butensky to the Times. Butensky is a dentist in Manhattan.

One of Butensky's grinders was a fraud victim in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, another recently lost his job and seven-digit salary and a third is a single mother holding down a poorly paid job at a floral shop.

"All three are grinders, directly affected by what's going on out there," said Butensky to the news source.

Bruxism is a term that refers to the teeth grinding condition, according to the Mayo Clinic. The clinic says that individuals with bruxism could develop jaw disorders because they frequently clench their teeth.

The American Dental Association says that relaxation is the best solution for people with bruxism. Mouth guards are also available. These can prevent teeth from coming loose as a consequence of grinding.

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