Trick or Treat?

During October, adults often indulge their love of horror movies by watching more than a few, and the characters portrayed in classic scary films can teach us a lot about ourselves. It’s even possible to learn something about your oral health, if you look closely at the teeth and gums of iconic villains in these movies. Here are three “case studies” involving horror movie villains and their oral health challenges.

The Oral Health of Horror Movie “Bad Guys”

1.     Wolfman: His bloody red gums and his foul breath make his likely diagnosis one of periodontal disease. He’s not alone in this problem; many American adults suffer from either gingivitis, the milder form of the good-oral-healthdisease that can be cured with improved oral hygiene, or periodontitis, the more severe form of the illness that requires a dentist’s care to resolve.

2.     Count Dracula: With his abnormally pointy incisors, the count would benefit from having porcelain veneers installed, which could address the shape of those teeth. It could also improve tooth discoloration issues he might be having, or minor rotation issues. He would have to lay off the blood-sucking behavior afterward, though, as veneers need to be protected from biting down on hard objects or using teeth as “tools.”

3.     Frankenstein: This monster’s unusually flat teeth surfaces would lead most dentists to conclude that he suffers from problems with bruxism, or grinding his teeth. It could be that all those angry villagers chasing him is causing him great stress, and he may need a night guard to protect his teeth if he grinds them while he sleeps. His dentist could reshape his teeth with veneers, or might recommend crowns to provide a sturdy solution for giving him natural looking teeth surfaces once again.

For those of us who don’t appear in horror movies, “scary” teeth can be avoided by choosing Halloween candy that is mostly plain chocolate without anything sticky in it, eating the treats in moderation and not grazing on Halloween candies over a period of many hours.

“All joking aside, oral health challenges can be unsightly, uncomfortable and unpleasant,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix. “Going easy on the Halloween candy will keep your teeth and gums healthy and looking good.”

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