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Mental Stress Can Lead to Dental Stress, and Some Alberta Dentists are Seeing the Signs

September 17, 2020
by CBC

Some Alberta dentists are worried the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic is causing a surge in dental issues like broken teeth and jaw problems.

Mintoo Basahti, president-elect of the Alberta Dental Association and College, says bruxism — the clenching and grinding of teeth — is showing up in more and more patients.

“The triggers and some of the things associated with clenching and grinding, like physical factors, emotional and mental stressors are certainly higher now with a pandemic,” Basahti told The Homestretch. “About 10 to 30 per cent of the population will do it anyways, like they’re predisposed to that habit, but during the pandemic, we’re just hearing more about it.”

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