Teeth grinding and other dental damage is increasing during the pandemic

New data from the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute indicates that there has been an rise in stress-related dental conditions, like tooth grinding and cracking, during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the data, which was collected by the ADA Health Policy Institute via a survey sent to all members, responding dentists have seen cases of tooth grinding and clenching rise by 59.4%, with instances of both cracked and chipped teeth rising by 53.4% each. There has also been an increase in cavities, gum disease, and symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

Data from the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute shows a spike in multiple tooth conditions. (Courtesy of the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute)
Data from the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute shows a spike in multiple tooth conditions. (Courtesy of the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute)

Dr. Matthew Messina, the dental clinic director at The Ohio State Upper Arlington Dentistry, said that while dentists had anecdotal stories about an increase in tooth troubles during the pandemic, having the survey data

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