EP. 171: ADHD and Dental Health: Crowns, Root Canals, TMJD and Grinding

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By Tracy Otsuka. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
As a dentist’s daughter, I have to admit I was always spoiled when it came to my dental health. That is, until a terrible root canal (is there any other kind?) made me realize I had to start taking my dental health more seriously, even if that involved wearing the dreaded night guard I had cast aside many years before. It also got me thinking: ‘Wait, is this another thing that is somehow related to my ADHD?’ After diving into the research and taking a poll in our Facebook group, I discovered that an overwhelming number of ADHDers have experienced dental problems at some point in their lives, and there are some explanations as to why.

Join me for a solo episode, where I break down the causes of this correlation, and share helpful suggestions from our Facebook group members, and hopefully convince you to learn from my mistakes and wear your damn night guard!

Resources

https://chadd.org/attention-article/adhd-and-dental-care-guidance-for-parents-and-caregivers/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17587293/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14684974/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23659259/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5534274/

https://decisionsindentistry.com/article/caring-patients-attention-deficithyperactivity-disorder/

https://friscokidsdds.com/dentistry-children-special-needs/

https://dental.washington.edu/wp-content/media/sp_need_pdfs/ADHD-Dental.pdf

https://www.nicklauschildrens.org/patient-and-family-resources/health-and-safety-information/dental-health-in-children-with-adhd

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317871.php

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/318458341_Specific_Central_Nervous_System_Medications_Are_Associated_with_Temporomandibular_Joint_Symptoms

https://www.plackers.com/ and yay! They’re now made with recycled materials.

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