The Prevalence of Stress & Anxiety Among Patients Having Habit of Cheek Biting


Nabeel Naeem Baig 1                                                        BDS, MPH

Khadijah Abid2                                                    MSc

Rabeya Fatima3                                                                   BDS

Syeda Batool Ahsan4                                                      MBBS


To determine the prevalence of stress and anxiety among patients with cheek biting visiting dental clinic for routine checkups.

STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study

PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Ameen medical and dental center, Karachi from July 2016 to Feb 2018.

METHODOLOGY: Total of 101 patients were included in the study by using non-probability consecutive sampling technique after taking written informed consent from the participants. Patients coming to OPD for routine dental check up with complain of pain and burning in oral cavity were enrolled in the study. The data was analyzed by using Stata version 23.

RESULTS: Total 101 patients were enrolled in the study, stress was observed in 37(36.6%) & anxiety was observed in 34(33.7%). In univariate analysis, stress & anxiety showed significant relation with history of psychiatric illness in family and family history of DM (p<0.05).

CONCLUSION: We found stress and anxiety were prevalent among patients with habit of cheek-biting. History of psychiatric illness and diabetes mellitus played significant role and showed statistical relation with stress and anxiety (p<0.05).

KEY WORDS: Cheek biting, stress, anxiety, depression, para function, dental visits.

HOW TO CITE: Baig NN, Abid K, Fatima R, Ahsan SB. The prevalence of stress & anxiety among patients having habit of cheek biting. J Pak Dent Assoc 2018;27(2):62-66.


Received: 29 November 2017, Accepted: 22 March 2018