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The Effects Stress Can Have On Your Oral Health

Oral and psychological health issues are intimately related. Psychological well-being can affect oral health and oral health can affect one’s psychological well-being. Add to the mix is odontophobia, a psychological condition depicting an irrational and overwhelming fear of dentistry.


The perception of loss of control and helplessness are issues that create  fear. These perceptions stem from our limbic or primitive emotion system and  require reasonable and logical executive level cognition to overcome.   Unfortunately, some cannot summon such resolve.

Chronic stress can manifest orally through over salivation or dry  mouth.  Disrupting the pH balance in saliva can cause acidic saliva, which  causes tooth decay. Dry mouth from stress affects bacterial growth, and many of  the medications prescribed to reduce stress may cause dry mouth.

Many psychological issues result in fewer, if any, visits to the dentist. For  depressives, a visit to the dentist is not high on their list of concerns. This  can cause tooth decay or loss, causing additional depression. Additionally,  having an unsightly smile can reduce self-esteem, restricting a healthy level of  sociality, reinforcing or causing depression.

Recent studies by a team of neuro-scientists suggest there are dental markers that could indicate  Alzheimer’s and MMI or mild memory impairment, a pre-clinical stage of dementia.   These studies are nascent but show promising information leading researchers to believe there is a possibility that inflammation from periodontal  disease may find its way to the brain, affecting the hippocampus in particular.

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Track Your Oral Health with ADA Symptom Checker App

Patients can check symptoms, find treatment recommendations

CHICAGO, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — There are apps for everything from purchasing shoes to scheduling restaurant reservations, but how about an app for your toothache? The American Dental Association (ADA) has introduced the ADA® Dental Symptom Checker™ on MouthHealthy.org to provide patients with accurate information about their oral health symptoms as well as help them become better-informed when making decisions about their oral health.


After entering their age and gender in the ADA Dental Symptom Checker, patients can identify the location of the symptom they’re having and other factors, such as pain or swelling, and read about various conditions that fit that description. The Symptom Checker is not meant to diagnose or replace the role of the dentist. In fact, many of the conditions emphasize the importance of seeing a dentist or physician.

“Often times a patient will wait until a dental appointment to mention a recent oral health issue such as a bitten tongue or mouth,” said Ruchi Nijjar Sahota , D.D.S., an ADA consumer advisor spokesperson who practices general dentistry in Fremont, Calif. “The ADA app is designed to give patients the power to learn more about what’s happening in their mouths so that they can make an educated decision on what they might have and what needs to be done to treat it. This information makes it easier for the patient to communicate with their dentist about their oral health.”

The ADA designed the app to help build consumer awareness of the importance of oral health and recognize the benefits of regular dental visits.

“As advocates for America’s oral health, the ADA strives to educate people about the value of good dental care,” Dr. Sahota added. “This app is a teaching tool for today.”

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In developing the ADA’s new consumer-focused MouthHealthy.org, consumers surveyed for the website identified a symptom checker tool as the most requested feature. The ADA Dental Symptom Checker is now available as an interactive Web platform on MouthHealthy.org, as well as a downloadable app on iTunes and Google Play.

The ADA launched the award-winning MouthHealthy.org website in June 2012 to reach the 80 percent of Internet users who seek health information online. Consumers can find oral health concerns organized by life stages, A-Z topics with videos, ADA Seal of Acceptance products, and tips and activities to make oral health care fun for kids.

The ADA Dental Symptom Checker is now available as an interactive Web platform on MouthHealthy.org, as well as a downloadable app on iTunes and Google Play.

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