Q And A: Can Violence Rot Your Teeth?

violence Your bodily systems don’t function alone. For instance, your heart wouldn’t beat unless your brain told it to. Your lungs can’t function without your heart. You couldn’t feel or move without your nervous system. So it stands to reason that if one part of your body is not healthy it can affect the other systems of your body. Research shows that if your mouth isn’t healthy you may have other health issues as well, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and lung infections. A recent study has shown that people in emotionally and physically aggressive relationships have more rotten teeth. Read on to find out if violence can rot your teeth.

Q and A:

Question: Does much violence occur in American households?

Answer: According to a 2005 study, 90 percent of study participants reported aggression in their family lives.

Question: What sort of violence happens in homes? Answer: There were reports of both emotionally and physically aggressive behaviors between couples, and between parent and child.

Question: How do aggressive behaviors cause rotten teeth?

Answer: There are two theories as to why living in an aggressive environment causes more cavities. It could be that a dysfunctional family situation results in improper and inconsistent oral hygiene practices. For instance, bedtime brushing may be interrupted by a disagreement and then remain undone. Another reason may be the impact of stress on the immune system. When your immune system is compromised your mouth becomes dry and it becomes harder for your body to fight off harmful oral bacteria.

Question: How did this come to light?

Answer: A 2014 study analyzed 135 mostly Caucasian heterosexual married couples and their children. The average annual household income was $100, 000 and the children were elementary school age. The study consisted of a two-step analysis which included an oral exam of the participants, and a questionnaire regarding physical and emotional aggression between family members. Harsh disciplinary measures were also recorded. Objective observers also rated aggressive behaviors during laboratory interactions.

Question: What were the results?

Answer: For every above-average increase in the mothers’ aggressive behavior toward her partner, the children in that relationship presented with an average of 1.9 additional cavities compared with children in non-aggressive households. For every above-average statistical increase in their partner’s behavior, women presented with 3.5 additional cavities and men with 5.3 additional cavities.

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