Demi Moore is beautiful and glamorous and has been one of the world’s biggest movie stars for longer than many of us have even been alive. (Also she’s 54 years old, so I can only assume she’s a wizard or has a Dorian Grey portrait in her house somewhere.) But it turns out that movie star smile now involves a pair of false teeth in the front, because Demi Moore says she lost both her front teeth from stress.
Moore was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night, and Fallon held up a photo Moore had sent him that showed her smiling, with a big gap right where her front tooth should be. Moore confirmed that it was real and not a Photoshop, and she said she’d actually lost the teeth from stress.
“I sheared off my front teeth,” Moore explained. “I’d love to say it was skateboarding or something really kind of cool, but I think it’s something that’s important to share because I think it’s literally, probably after heart disease, one of the biggest killers in in America, which is stress. Stress sheared off my front tooth. But, in an effort to get ready for you, I wanted to make sure my teeth were in.”
That seems like an unusual diagnosis, but stress really does impact our bodies in extreme ways. It contributes to high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety, stomach problems, skin problems, diabetes, depression, headaches, and more. It also causes tooth grinding, and severe tooth grinding can lead to tooth loss.
Mouth guards can help with the grinding, and Chrissy Teigen even got Botox in her jaw to relieve clenching and tooth-grinding .
Fortunately for Demi Moore, she has access to some great dentists, who were able to make her some new front teeth, the way some people buy fake teeth for toddler beauty pageant contestants so they don’t have to compete with gaps when their baby teeth fall out. Dentists are great and can make things look nice again when tooth problems happen, but really a lot of us should be going to the dentist more often before our teeth start to fall out.
A lot of us are diligent about taking our kids for dental check-ups, but we don’t bother to go as often as we should for ourselves, but adults should see a dentist regularly, too. The dentist can catch things like tooth grinding or gum disease, which means they can help prevent tooth loss before it happens.
(Image: YouTube / The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon)