4 Oct 2020

Is Covid-induced stress causing more cracked teeth?

From Sunday Morning, 11:05 am on 4 October 2020

A recent article in the New York Times pointed to Covid-induced stress as a potential factor for bruxism - clenching or grinding of the jaw - which can cause side effects such as pain, sensitivity, headaches and even tooth fractures. Professor Mauro Farella from Otago University has spent many years researching bruxism, and says it is too soon to know if the psychological consequences of the pandemic have cause an uptick in bruxism - but he offers some simple advice for awareness and self-management of bruxism.

Dentist treating patient.

Photo: AFP