Bruxism cases has increased in our dental office since Covid-19 pandemic started.
During these past few months, there is an increased in Emergency Visits from patients with painful cracked & fractured tooth, broken fillings and TMJ pain especially in the early morning hours. These are all indications of possible grinding and clenching. The stress, fear, worry, and anxiety from this unprecendented situation due to the coronavirus pandemic (maybe increased unemployment, business & school shutdowns, or remote working) is just a little too much that some have unconsciously developed a habit of BRUXISM.
According to Dr. Tammy Chen, a dentist in New York, in the NY Times article, "I've seen more tooth fractures in the last six weeks than in the previous six years." Our office, Jeff Velasquez DDS, in Long Beach, Ca has certainly seen an increased compared to previous years. We’ve remained in contact with our patients, reminding them the importance of taking care of their oral health; from oral hygiene and wearing their nightguards. And if there are early signs of TMJ pain, and toothache, not to ignore them before it fractures. Just see your local dentist. The good news is it can be prevented or treated. Remember, oral health has a definite correlation to over all health. Keep a healthy mouth, healthy mind and healthy body.
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Dr. Jeff D. Velasquez