Increase in Bruxism Cases Due to COVID-19

Are you grinding your teeth due to stress and anxiety? According to the most recent data, you’re not alone. There is an increase in bruxism cases due to COVID-19. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, has been more common during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, bruxism can be successfully treated.

Are you a bruxism sufferer?

According to a recent study, doctors in Israel and Poland researched whether patients had increased rates of bruxism and TMJ during times of intense stress and anxiety. Predictably, the conclusion was yes. The overall severity of these symptoms rose by 15 percent, and patients reported jaw clenching and teeth grinding both day and night. Thus the increased stress and anxiety right now, we’re seeing an increase in bruxism cases due to COVID-19 related stressors.

Do you wake up with a sore jaw, stiff neck or headaches?  These ailments may be the result of clenching and grinding your teeth while asleep. If you suspect you suffer from bruxism, call Fioritto Family Dental to schedule an appointment.  Our dentists have successfully treated bruxism using several techniques.  Treatment options will be discussed with you after your oral examination is complete.

How to deal with bruxism on your own

Here are a few things you can do on your own to help reduce symptoms of bruxism.

Take some time for mindfulness and self-care. This is the biggest factor in reducing your jaw-related stress and pain, if it’s stress-related. You may want to try yoga, meditation or kickboxing, depending on how you opt to deal with your stress.

Interestingly, there are now smartphone apps to remind you not to clench your jaw and grind your teeth!  Well, this is helpful for the waking hours, but how about night-time clenching and grinding?  If you’ve tried, yoga, meditation, exercise etc., but are still waking up with a stiff neck and clenched jaw, it’s time to seek help!

It’s time for help

If you notice signs of tooth wear and you are in constant pain, we can help you! Your bruxism may be attributable to sleep apnea, medication, or other sleep disorders.

With the help of your Fioritto dentist, the cause of your grinding can be identified and successfully treated.  You don’t have to suffer alone! Call to schedule an appointment for help today!