A recent survey conducted by the American Dental Association found that more than 70% of dentists surveyed were seeing an increase in stress-related conditions among patients. These included teeth grinding, and clenching. A little more than 60 percent of dentists saw an increase in other stress-related dental conditions including chipped and cracked teeth and TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) with symptoms such as headaches and jaw pain.
The study suggests that stress-related conditions have become substantially more prevalent since the onset of COVID-19.
Despite speculation from recent news reports that frequent mask-wearing may impact dental health and cause “mask mouth,” the survey found no meaningful change in the prevalence reported for conditions such as bad breath and dry mouth compared to pre-pandemic.
This study emphasizes that it is more important than ever for people to maintain their dental health, including seeing the dentist regularly to address any issues that could have long-term impact.