Dentists say teeth grinding is surging during COVID-19 pandemic

Alonzo Osche

With the pandemic causing uncertainty, isolation and disruptions in routine, research has continued to show increases in far-reaching physical and mental health problems — and now, dentists are noting that teeth grinding and jaw clenching, known as bruxism, also seem to be on the rise.

“Since the pandemic, patients have been coming to me with new complaints of jaw pain, tooth pain, broken or chipped teeth or just because their partners are telling them they’re grinding — in numbers that I’ve never seen before,” Dr. Saul Pressner, a family dentist in New York City, said.

Clenching and grinding is a

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