Dentists Report Uptick in Cracked Teeth Due to Increased Stress
November 13, 2020 – Massachusetts Dental Society member dentist Dr. Vincent Mariano told Western Mass News that he and another local dentist have seen a significant increase in patients needing functional mouth guards for pandemic stress-related cracked teeth, fractured teeth, and excessive clenching and grinding, otherwise known as bruxism.
"What we are finding is they are feeling tenderness and soreness in the joints, headaches. They’re having difficulty and challenges when they wake up in the morning with opening their mouth. Those are all signs," he explained.
It is safe to go the dentist, even during COVID-19. Now, more than ever, it is important to keep your regularly scheduled cleanings and check-ups, and seek care for issues that could become emergencies.