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Covid Clenching and Bruxism During Covid 19

There is no surprise that Covid-19 has on a global level caused a national health crisis with an astounding multitude of health problems that join along with it. During these unparalleled times, our day to day lives have consequently been impacted. One type of health problem that has been on the rise includes teeth grinding and cases of bruxism during Covid have been on the rise.
The new “NORM” is that of social distancing, face masks, and personal protective equipment. PPE. What some of us don’t realize is how this pandemic has directly affected our oral health.
As we have become overpowered by circumstances out of our control our stress and anxiety levels have greatly increased. Many side effects have been reported due to the heightened stress and anxiety levels. A very common side effect of this stress is bruxism!

What Are The Symptoms Of Bruxism During Covid 19?

Bruxism is the technical term for excessive grinding or clenching of the teeth. With all the added stress related to Covid, grinding and clenching our teeth have significantly increased. If you are already a bruxer you already are aware of the symptoms that come along with it. 
Some symptoms include
  1. Headaches
  2. Visual Disturbances
  3. Jaw and facial pain
  4. Insomnia
  5. TMJ Disorder
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What Kind Of Problems Have Resulted From Bruxism During Covid?

Constant teeth grinding can also wear your teeth down past the protective enamel. When too much grinding occurs, your teeth can crack and break due to excessive pressure and stress. This can lead to a need for major dental procedures including crowns, tooth extractions, dentures or dental implants.

How To Treat Bruxism During Covid

If you think that you are grinding your teeth, you should make an appointment at The Dental and Denture Care Center right away to learn about your options. A combination of our bruxism treatments can help reduce and relieve your symptoms.
Treatments Of Bruxism Include:
In conjunction with these treatments your dentist will also recommend the use of an occlusal splint, also referred to as a mouth guard or night guard to protect the enamel of your teeth. These mouth guards are made here in our office in just two simple short appointments. An impression of your mouth are taken in your first visit and then sent to a lab to make your one of a kind mouthguard. A follow up visit ensures your mouth guard is properly fitted.

Bruxism During Covid 19 Can Be Treated

Your dental health shouln’t be causing your more stress during a challenging time. If you are experiencing pain in your jaw due to stress, schedule an appointment for a dental exam today. We can determine if tetth grinding has occurred and what you can do about it.

Please call The Dental and Denture Care Center at (352) 848-1050 or contact us through our website here to ask your questions. Our team of dental experts are here to give you the best smile of your life and we are here to help.