Stress related dental conditions are increasing finds a surv
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More than 70 percent of dentists surveyed by the ADA Health Policy Institute are seeing an increase in patients experiencing teeth grinding and clenching, conditions often associated with stress. This is an increase from ADA data released in the fall that showed just under 60 percent of dentists had seen an increase among their patients.

“Our polling has served as a barometer for pandemic stress affecting patients and communities seen through the eyes of dentists,” said chief economist and vice president of the ADA Health Policy Institute. “The increase over time suggests stress-related conditions have become substantially more prevalent since the onset of COVID-19.”

The survey also found a little more than 60 percent of dentists saw an increase in other stress related dental conditions including chipped and cracked teeth and TMD (TMJ disorders) symptoms such as headaches and jaw pain.

"As the pandemic continues, dentists are seeing stress related dental conditions more and more," says a researcher. " Its more important than ever for people to maintain their dental health, including seeing the dentists regularly to address any issues that could have long-term impact."

Despite speculation from recent news reports that frequent mask wearing may impact dental health and cause "mask mouth", the survey found no meaningful change in the prevalence reported for conditions such as bad breath and dry mouth compared to pre-pandemic.