Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Tariq Drabu Discusses Links Between Stress and Oral Health

Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon who was born and educated in 
Manchester. Today he owns the successful Langley Dental Practice catering to private and NHS patients in Middleton.

Tariq Drabu advised that there are direct links between stress and oral health and those under undue stress at home or work are more likely to suffer with tooth decay and sensitivity.


The first reason that someone under stress may suffer with their oral health is their increased risk of bruxism, or teeth grinding. Many people under stress will grind their teeth during sleep with no idea that they are doing it until someone points it out to them. This can cause serious dental problems, including causing teeth to literally crumble after being put through so much pressure. Tariq Drabu did mention that there are solutions that can help and reduce the risk of further damage, such as a mouth guard during hours of sleep.

Jaw clenching

Jaw clenching is another problem experienced by those with stress and can also lead to oral health issues moving forward. Jaw clenching puts undue pressure on the jaw and the teeth and as a result can increase chances of tooth decay. Patients must ensure that they follow a good oral health routine if they are aware that they are clenching their jaw to try and provide their teeth with the ongoing strength and care they need.

Weakened immune system

When stressed, your immune system also takes a knock. Your immune system is essential in fighting off disease and illnesses and with your immune system at a low, your chances of gum disease is increased. Periodontal disease is very serious, according to Tariq Drabu, and if ignored it can result in tooth loss.

If you are suffering from stress and you are catching colds and you feel your immune system may be compromised, make an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth and gums checked and professionally cleaned to reduce the risk of gum disease.

Poor oral health routines

With stress comes lack of sleep and trying to force yourself to get up and get going each day. With this also comes the risk of your oral health routines taking a back seat. Only brushing once a day instead of two or forgetting to brush all together is increased when you are under stress in the home or on the work front.


  1. Dr Tariq Drabu, Many times when I'm feeling stressed i automatically starts teeth grinding. Please help me out how I can overcome to this?

  2. I too started tooth grinding when i was in stress. please share some home remedies

  3. Dr Tariq, I will appreciate if you can share some more detailed information in it. because i'm also suffering from it.. thanks for sharing this post anyways..

  4. It is better to make an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth and gums checked and professionally cleaned to reduce the risk of gum disease.

    1. Ema, but peoples should have to be very aware of their oral health. as Dr Tariq Drabu said that prevention is better then cure.