Stress from COVID-19 has led to a surge in teeth grinding: dentists

Stress from COVID-19 has led to a surge in teeth grinding: dentists
Dentists around the country are seeing a surge in teeth grinding since the start of the pendamic. - Dreamstime/TNS/TNS

PHILADELPHIA — When Kate Faith was laid off in March at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, her stress levels skyrocketed. She worried about making ends meet as a single parent to her 1-year-old daughter and about her family and friends catching the virus. The 37-year-old’s sleep worsened, and the additional stress caused Faith’s longtime habit of grinding her teeth and clenching her jaw to intensify.“I’ve been dealing with clenching my jaw and grinding my teeth on and off since college, but because I have a night guard, I usually just work through it,” said Faith, who lives in South Philad...

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