Academic Stress

Behavior changes induced by academic stress may cause gum inflammation, temporomandibular disorder (TMD) symptoms and bruxism for some students.

Also, the academic pressures students place on themselves will subconsciously surface, resulting in stress-related facial pain. Sometimes, your roommate may identify your bruxism problem because your tooth grinding keeps them up at night.

Students develop severe gingivitis (gum inflammation) in relation to at least one formerly healthy tooth throughout the examination period. Academic stress shouldn't take a toll on your oral health. Find ways to relax during stressful periods and pamper your teeth after your exams, IDA recommends.  Return to a normal oral hygiene regimen and schedule a dental cleaning and checkup.

Is stress taking a toll on your mouth? If you have one or more of these symptoms, you may be have a temporomandibular disorder:

  • Sore jaw, especially in the morning
  • Clicking sound or difficulty when opening and closing mouth
  • Locked or stiff jaw when talking, eating or yawning
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Ear pain

If you have these symptoms consult your dentist.