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Increase in Stress-Related Dental Conditions

A recent survey conducted by the American Dental Association(ADA) Health Institute found that 70% of dentists are seeing an increase in stress-related dental conditions, including chipped teeth and temporomandibular joint disorder symptoms like jaw pain and headaches.  The latest survey results represent an increase of 10% from a similar survey conducted in the fall.  The increase suggests that stress-related dental problems are becoming more prevalent as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

“As the pandemic continues, dentists are seeing stress-related dental conditions more and more,” said Marcelo Araujo, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., ADA chief science officer. “It’s more important than ever for people to maintain their dental health, including seeing the dentist regularly to address any issues that could have a long-term impact.”

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