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Cracked teeth and jaw pain: How pandemic stress has us clenching our teeth – and what we can do to fix it

Dentists in Ireland are seeing an influx of cases that stem from patients presenting with problems arising from bruxism – the grinding or clenching of teeth. We consult the experts to find out what we can do to solve this painful problem

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Grinding teeth can lead to a host of other problems such as headaches and pain in the face and jaw

Grinding teeth can lead to a host of other problems such as headaches and pain in the face and jaw

Dentist Dr Jennifer Collins

Dentist Dr Jennifer Collins

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Grinding teeth can lead to a host of other problems such as headaches and pain in the face and jaw

A year of living with Covid has set our teeth on edge, and not just figuratively, but also literally. Dentists around the world have reported a rise in patients presenting with stress-related oral conditions over the last year.

Research published in October 2020 in the Journal of Clinical Medicine found a considerable increase in facial pain and teeth grinding. Another study conducted by the American Dental Association reported that the majority of dentists are seeing higher cases of teeth grinding as well as chipped and cracked teeth. This rise has been mirrored in Ireland, too.


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