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Are COVID-19 Lockdowns Leading To More Orofacial Pain?

Are COVID-19 Lockdowns Leading to More Orofacial Pain?

The pandemic has resulted in a stressful time for everyone in the world, and, for many people, this stress can result in orofacial pain.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine took a look at patients in two countries and examined how the stress of COVID-19 lockdowns may have caused an increase in jaw-clenching, teeth-grinding, and orofacial pain.

Some of the findings from the study by the University of Wroclaw and Tel Aviv University were:

  • 12% increase in orofacial pain symptoms
  • 15% increase in jaw-clenching
  • 26% increase in teeth grinding
  • For those who were already suffering from orofacial pain, there was a 15% increase in the severity
  • Women were more affected by these increases than men
  • Patients in the age range of 35-55 were the most affected

Whether due to concerns over the virus, financial issues, isolation during quarantine, or other situations resulting from the lockdowns, it’s evident that problems such as bruxism (teeth grinding) and temporomandibular disorders are increasing during these stressful times.

For those suffering from these issues—including head, neck, and jaw pain, tension headaches, earaches, tooth sensitivity in the absence of a dental problem—help is available. Depending on the specific nature of the problem, these can be relieved with night guards, bite splints, or bite adjustments.

If you believe you are one of the people suffering from pain as a result of this type of stress, get in touch with your dentist to take your first step toward finding relief. Don’t currently have a dentist? Browse our directory to read reviews about dentists near you!

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