Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon based in Manchester. He is the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice which caters to private and NHS patients on a daily basis in Middleton.
Tariq Drabu is concerned on the effects of emotional health on oral health. He has advised that more people are finding themselves stressed at work and home. For families with children, juggling home, work, school runs and more can lead to a tremendous amount of stress. In addition to this, he also mentioned that emotional health in new mothers is also a concern watching oral health care drop considerably as they try and manage a new born in the home.
The first concern Tariq Drabu has on emotional health and oral health coming together is bruxism, which is tooth grinding. Some people tend to clench their jaw and grind their teeth while they sleep due to the stress they are experiencing. Many don't even realise that they are doing it until someone points it out to them. The concern here is that over time they will wear down their teeth, sometimes causing the teeth to crumble and then they need to be removed.
There are ways to reduce this risk with a mouth guard which is worn during sleeping and certain medication.
Poor oral health leads to serious gum disease. Without a good oral health routine in place, a patient increases their chance of tartar and plaque build up and bacteria growth which over time can result in this very serious form of gum disease. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory gum disease which can affect other organs in the body. Another thing to note about this gum disease is that it is harder to eradicate than the milder gum disease, gingivitis.
Tariq Drabu mentioned that with emotional health issues comes an increased risk of smoking and alcohol consumption, both of which have been linked to an increased risk in oral cancer. In fact, more than ninety percent of oral cancer cases are linked to lifestyle choices, such as excessive alcohol consumption and smoking of tobacco products.
Tariq Drabu advises that everyone must keep their routine dental appointments, so if they are stressed and there is oral health problems to be concerned about, the dentist can catch them in the early stages.