Teeth Grinding and Dental Damage is Increasing During the Pandemic
New data from a study at the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute indicates that there has been a rise in stress-related dental conditions, like tooth grinding and cracking, during the coronavirus pandemic.
Even though the increase in grinding and other tooth problems cannot be directly attributed to the coronavirus pandemic, it seems to indicate increased stress in the population.
Results from a recent survey sent to thousands of U.S. dentists compares pre and post pandemic cases. Responses indicated instances of tooth grinding and clenching rising by 59.4%, and instances of both cracked and chipped teeth rising by 53.4% each. According to the survey, there has also been an increase in cavities, gum disease, and symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Symptoms to look out for include popping, clicking or grinding noises when moving the mouth and jaw, which can be a sign of temporomandibular joint dysfunction disorders affecting the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Tightness or pain in that area can also be a sign of joint dysfunction. Tooth sensitivity and soreness can be a sign of cavities, which have also increased during the pandemic, according to the data.
If you are experiencing symptoms like muscle aches and pains, headaches or discomfort in your teeth and mouth, be sure to contact your dental professional to schedule an appointment.