Teeth are like fingerprints; they are individual to each person. No two people have the same fingerprints, and no two people have the same teeth. We all know from watching crime shows that a person’s body can be identified via dental records, and you don’t need many teeth to do it. But did you know that your teeth can tell a whole lot more about you?
Who Are You, Who– Who– Are You?
Just by looking at your teeth a trained forensic dentist can tell how old you are, your gender, and your ancestral background. But it doesn’t stop there. They can also gain insight regarding your diet, whether or not you smoke, and what instrument you may have played. They may also even find clues to what you did for a living.
And There’s More
The condition of your teeth can indicate your mental health. For instance, bruxing (the chronic grinding and clenching of teeth) leaves its mark on your teeth. Research has shown that grinding can be associated with certain personality characteristics, namely anxiety. Studies have shown that 70 percent of people who brux, do so due to stress and/or anxiety. Grinders also tend to me more competitive, and aggressive personality types. However, some medications can cause chronic tooth grinding.
Eating disorders are another mental health condition indicated by dental health. The National Eating Disorder Association states that 83 percent of bulimic patients suffer tooth erosion due to habitual regurgitation of stomach acid. Anorexia can also affect tooth health due to vitamin deficiencies. Signs of dental complications due to eating disorders include:
- Changes in the overall appearance of the teeth
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Erosive lesions on dental surfaces