Research Reveals That Richard III Suffered From Stress Related Teeth Grinding

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Research has revealed that Richard III suffered from stress-related teeth grinding, as well as other oral health problems.

An article, which has been published in the British Dental Journal, suggests that the monarch had poor oral health, with one of the major problems highlighted as bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding or clenching.

The remains of the Plantagenet king were discovered underneath a car park in Leicester last year and have since been analysed by experts. Researchers found that the king had suffered dental trauma, most likely as a result of combat at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, where he lost his life.

Dr Amit Rai, a dentist and author of the article on the former monarch, said that research suggested that the King had a rich diet, laden with sugary foods and carbohydrates, which contributed to his poor oral health. He had several missing teeth, tartar deposits and numerous cavities and the worn surfaces of his teeth suggested that he suffered from bruxism.

The scientific adviser to the British Dental Association, Prof. Damien Walmsley said that it was “amazing” that the message from dentists in Richard III’s time was so similar to that of today, with an emphasis on teeth cleaning and diet. Professor Walmsley added that we have access to fluoride toothpaste and professional dental care and therefore, unlike Richard III, we have no excuse to have unhealthy, decayed teeth.

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