We all know how stress can take a toll on our health, but Demi Moore just revealed that too much stress can cause some terrifying dental issues, too.
While appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about her new movie Rough Night, the 54-year-old actress revealed that she lost her two front teeth due to stress. "I literally knocked it out.... It was almost like it fell out and my warranty was up," Demi told the audience. "Thank God for modern dentistry." She even shared a photo of herself smiling with one missing tooth as proof that this could happen to anyone.
"I sheared off my front teeth. And I'd love to say it was skateboarding or something really cool, but I think it's really something that's important to share because I think it's literally, probably after heart disease, one of the biggest killers in America, which is stress," Demi Moore told the audience.
But don't worry-you probably don't have to worry about your teeth randomly falling out if you're feeling mildly stressed. It's mainly a health concern for people dealing with extreme long-term stress, and only on a case-by-case basis, according to Tim Pruett, D.M.D., founder of Flossolution. "Over time, chronic stress can be a trigger mechanism for clinching and grinding-what we call parafunctional bruxism-and can definitely cause significant damage to your teeth and gums, [even becoming a contributing] factor in tooth loss," the dentist told Self.
But if you are dealing with stress in your life, it doesn't hurt to keep up with your regular dentist visits. "This is easily diagnosed and managed by a dental professional," Dr. Pruett added. "Generally, a hygienist or dentist can notice the signs and symptoms during a routine cleaning or exam."
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