Cosmetic Dentistry Disaster: Why is Demi Moore losing her teeth?
The Mouth is the Gateway to the Body
Demi Moore is known for defying all signs of aging as a beautiful 54-year-old woman, but she is lacking in one very important field- her smile. Cosmetic dentistry is often needed for those who put off much needed dental work, or simply do not take proper care of their mouths, which is the gateway to your body.
“I sheared off my front teeth. I’d love to say it was skateboarding or something really kind of cool, but I think it’s something that’s important to share because I think it’s literally, probably after heart disease, one of the biggest killers in in America, which is stress. Stress sheared off my front tooth. But, in an effort to get ready for you, I wanted to make sure my teeth were in," she told Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show.
Is Stress a Smile-buster?
"Stress is definitely a significant dental issue," says New York cosmetic dentist Zachary E. Linhart, DDS, adding that, in his midtown Manhattan practice, some 80 percent of patients show signs of wear and tear due to stress and subsequent tooth damage. This usually results in major cosmetic dentistry cost to the patient. "People under stress whether from work, family, or any other stressful activity often clench and/or grind their teeth together. Usually this clenching or grinding occurs at night, but can also be a habit during the day."
Furthermore, Dr. Linhart explains that most patients are usually unaware of the habit. "Signs that we notice include shortening of the teeth, stress/fracture lines in the enamel and gum recession. In addition, these unfortunate habits can cause headaches, muscle tenderness and neck pain. In Demi Moore's case, this constant pressure on the teeth can cause your teeth to break!"
The Subconscious Factor & the Fix
Atlanta cosmetic dentist Ronald E. Goldstein, DDS, agrees that this "subconscious" factor plays a huge part in damaging your smile. So unless you know what to look for, you will probably continue to grind daily—to the detriment of the dentition. "The result of stress can be manifested by teeth clenching either at night, during sleep or daytime hours. I estimate that 85 percent of the population clench their teeth at sometime and they are not aware of it.”
►The Fix: Visit Natural Horizons for a dental check-up and make sure to discuss with Dr. Rahul Kumar, DDS what your stress levels are as it relates to your everyday life. This allows us to provide you with several solutions when it comes to stress and teeth-grinding. Night guards, bite plates and other devices can be made and used to aide in the protection of your teeth.