Jacobs Journal of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Religious Involvement and Psychological Stress as Predictors of Dental Health

Published on: 2018-04-30


Religious involvement has been linked to many indicators of health, including longevity. Previous research has identified psychological stress as a possible mediator for the positive effects of religion on health. Fewer studies have investigated the potential relationship between these psychosocial factors and dental health. This study examined religious involvement, stress, and dental health in a community sample. Participants included 150 community residents who received dental care as part of the study. Results indicated a significant positive association between religiousness and dental health, and a negative association between stress and dental health. These findings encourage further research on religion, stress, and dental health, as well as possible mechanisms for these associations.


Religiousness; Religious Involvement; Perceived Stress; Dental Health