Sunday, 27 March 2016


With today's economic pressure more and more stress are showing up in dental practice.

To much stress can cause problem to your mouth,gums,teeth,TMJ joint, Orofacial pain,mouth ulcer.

  • Everyone in your lifetime would have experienced ulcer in your is little painful.
  • There are several reasons for ulcer in quite possible reason is stress.
  • Stress related ulcers usually disappears in 10 days
  • .Use some topical anesthetic gel and 
  • intake Vitamin supplements.

                                                                                   TEETH GRINDING: 

  • Also known as Bruxism,Grinding teeth and clenching jaws.
  • It is caused by sleep disorder,People are not aware that they are grinding their teeth especially at night known as night grinding.,People unknowingly grind their teeth at day or night.

 Some signs of night grinding

  1. Tip of the tooth appears flat
  2. Tooth enamel is rubbed off causing tooth sensitivity.
  3. you have indentation in your tongue and cheek,damage from chewing your tongue and cheek.
  4. Abfraction


On long term grinding

  1. Tooth fractures
  2. On continuous rubbing of enamel,tooth becomes sensitive,once it reaches your pulp it becomes painful.tooth becomes weak and even fractures.

TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder):TMJ is located in the front of your ear where you skull and lower jaw meet.

  • Jaw joint pain or face pain with headache
  • Muscle tighting
  • Clicking sound
  • Inability to open and close your mouth easily


If you are diagnosed with night grinding ,then you will be prescribed with night guard to protect your teeth and jaw.


  • When your mouth doesn't produce enough saliva,you will experience dryness of mouth,not only dryness is due to stress,it can even be due to common side effects of drug used to treat depression.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        your dentist may advise you to take,

  • Vitamin c chewable tablet
  • Sugarfree gums
  • Sip water regularly
  • Use salivary substitute mouth wash under dentist prescription

psychological problems are just one of the many factor known to cause BURNING MOUTH SYNDROME ,burning sensation in the tongue lip cheek gums and palate.

steps how stress results in gum disease

1.Increased stress level

2.Increased steroid release from adrenal gland

3.Which makes the macrophages lazy(the first line of defense against bacteria lazy)

4.Incapable of destroying bacteria

5.Gums prone to infection

6.Results in gum disease like gingivitis or periodontititis (severe form of gum disease)

                                                                                    7.If gum disease is untreated it results in
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breathe
  • Loose teeth
8.Recent survey shows, severe form of gum disease is shown to increase blood sugar level ,which results in diabetes.
9.Greater risk of fungal and viral infection

People under stress make poor lifestyle choices

  • Smoking
  • Consuming too much alcohol
  • Eating more sugary foods,when we are stressed sometimes we turn to bad food habits to comfort us,leading to serious issues including, gum disease and tooth decay.

It is impossible to eliminate all stress from your life,but you can take simple steps to reduce its impact over life

  1. Yoga 
  2. Councelling
  3. Exercise daily
  4. meditation
  5. Stay active,a 30 min walk every day is a good start.
  6. Brush atleast twice a day and floss daily
  7. Eat a balanced diet,with plenty of fruits and vegetables
  8. Get plenty of sleep
  9. drink plenty of water,keep your mouth moist.
  10. Schedule and keep regular appointments with your dentist, for, your dentist can tell you if you are stressed based on the above dental symptoms. 

"Its hard for most people to identify, how much stress they are experiencing and to what degree its affecting their body until they get sick".

During routine dental examination ,Dental doctors are able to detect oral symptom of stress.

"Regular 6 months dental check up can be the first line of defense for detecting the stress-related disorders early"

For more details visit us at
427/200B Gums and teeth laser dental clinic
Mambakkam main road
Chennai 600100

Ph 9962497766


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