Stress-related Orofacial Diseases in Information Technology Professionals
Introduction: Stress is believed to have major impact on the physical well-being of the individual and it does not spare the oral
cavity as well. These stress-induced orofacial disorders have various manifestations and are more prevalent in professionals
working in information technology (IT) field due to prolonged working hours and unreasonable deadlines.
Aim: This study aims to determine the prevalence of stress and stress-related orofacial diseases among the IT professionals.
Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried among 109 IT professionals working in a private firm after
obtaining clearance from the Institutional Ethical Committee and concerned authorities. It is performed by history taking using
a questionnaire based on perceived stress scale that had 14 questions and clinical examination. The data collected were
Results: Among the 109 participants, 88 were male and 21 were female. This study revealed that they were stressed due to
the job and that xerostomia and aphthous ulcer were more prevalent (22.9%) in IT professionals followed by bruxism, burning
mouth syndrome, and temporomandibular joint disorders
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