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Increased Bruxism During COVID-19

Posted on 6/20/2022 by Barbara Ketchum
Increased Bruxism During COVID-19There has been a recent uptick in bruxism cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bruxism is a condition where people grind or clench their teeth involuntarily. It can lead to various types of dental problems, including tooth erosion, jaw pain, and headaches.

What Causes Bruxism and What Its Effects?

The medical word for teeth grinding is bruxism. It is classified as a sleep disorder since most persons do it at night while sleeping. Although there is no established reason for bruxism, there are various beliefs as to why people grind their teeth. Stress or worry, according to one idea, may produce bruxism. Another idea claims that bruxism is caused by an irregular bite or misaligned teeth. Bruxism can have serious consequences, regardless of the reason. Teeth grinding can cause gum recession, dental decay, and jaw discomfort. In extreme circumstances, it might potentially develop into temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).

COVID-19 Stress and Bruxism

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been a significant increase in cases of bruxism or teeth grinding. While the precise causes of this trend are still unclear, experts suspect that the added stress and anxiety associated with the pandemic have contributed to this increase. Such stress can increase muscle tension in the jaw, increasing the frequency and intensity of teeth grinding. Furthermore, prolonged exposure to COVID-19 can trigger widespread feelings of uncertainty and insecurity, which further exacerbate these symptoms. While there are several strategies for dealing with bruxism, from lifestyle changes to relaxation techniques, it is essential to recognize its underlying causes if we hope to address it effectively. Ultimately, by reducing our stress levels and maintaining healthy habits during this challenging time, we can help prevent bruxism and other negative impacts of COVID-19 on our physical and mental health.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of bruxism, please call our office to schedule an appointment. Our experienced dentists will decide a path of treatment that is best for you.
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