Can Stress Cause Cavities?
If you’ve ever worried about you or your children developing cavities, you’re not alone. Cavities have a big impact on quality of life and involve unexpected expense and visits to the dentist. You might be surprised to learn about a potential link between psychological stress and the development of cavities.
A recent review of several studies published by Biomed Central: Oral Health showed a correlation between the development of dental caries (cavities) and salivary cortisol in children ages four to 14. Of the six observational and experimental studies reviewed, four supported this finding. Researchers gathered data for the review from databases such as MEDLINE, PsychINFO, and Embase.
Cavities form when food, ...