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Dentists See Pandemic Stress in Patients with More Grinding, Cracked, Broken Teeth

December 20, 2021
by CTV News

Stress and anxiety connected to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is revealing itself in people’s mouths, say dentists who report increasing cases of patients with cracked, broken and damaged teeth over the past 20 months.

Bruce Ward, a Vancouver-area dentist, said he’s noticing the pressures of the pandemic are causing more people to involuntarily clench their jaws and grind their teeth with extreme amounts of force while sleeping.

“It’s like two pieces of ivory rubbing together,” said Ward, describing the grinding sound often first noticed by others.

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