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Stress is a common cause of health problems and little did you know that oral health is no exception. In today’s busy world, stress is inevitable !!

Stress contributes to poor oral health of which a few conditions are listed below

Teeth grinding / clenching If you find yourself getting up to a headache with jaw pain or heavy feeling then you might be grinding and/or clenching your teeth at night. This is a subconscious habit and you might be even doing it during the day. This causes unnecessary pressure on the teeth and the surrounding structures in the jaw. Teeth tend to become attrited which later causes sensitivity.

Teeth decay / gum disease: A poor oral hygiene causes teeth to decay faster. Gum diseases  increase as stress affects your immunity and bacteria build up rapidly which causes damage to gums resulting gingivitis or periodontitis.


Poor oral hygiene : Being stressed with a busy schedule , can cause you to ignore your oral hygiene. Improper  brushing and flossing might can lead to poor oral hygiene which causes caries and gum diseases .


Poor diet / Nutrition : Due to time constraints people tend to consume junk food which contains high amount of sugar and carbohydrates which are harmful and accelerated tooth decay.


Dry mouth : Due to emotional stress, canker sores are often caused . Canker sores are painful and last about 10-14 days. Composition of saliva alters due to stress and becomes more acidic causing erosion of the tooth surfaces.

Bad breath: Changes in the mouth due to stress , alteration in salivary composition and a neglect towards oral hygiene causes  unpleasant odour or bad breath  also known as halitosis.

Cheek biting : Cheek biting is a subconscious reaction to boredom or stress.  It is a self injurious habit and does more harm than good. It results in wounds and ulcers which are painful and might be potential causes of oral cancer.

How to cope/ manage with stress

Always plan your day in advance

Get plenty of rest

Eat healthy and drink plenty of water

Find relaxing techniques

Try and carry food from home to avoid eating unhealthy junk food

Do not skip dental appointments

Visit your dentist for regular check up

To contact us

Dr. Krinita Motwani

Khar west, Mumbai.

Mbl : 9820280343.

Email: drkrinitamotwani@gmail.com

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