Have you ever been told, “stop clenching your jaw”? Sometimes we find that we are clenching our jaw and other times people tell you to stop. We have experienced non-stop talk about politics and COVID-19, which leads to extensive stress. This added stress and pressure on our daily lives can lead to further complications with your health. In fact, this year, bruxism–teeth grinding and jaw clenching–is on the rise as a result of this added stress. 

Increased symptoms of clenching and grinding

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching are on the rise. Dentists across the country continue to confirm that they are seeing a lot of patients experiencing teeth grinding and jaw clenching. As a result, bruxism is an increasing problem throughout the pandemic.

This remains far more prevalent than before the pandemic. Everyone seems to be experiencing aching muscles, pain in the ear, tinnitus, cracked fillings and increased sensitivity to temperature and pressure. 

The cause of increased jaw clenching

So what is the cause of this increase in teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Stress. We have said it before, it bears repeating. This year has been hard on all of us trying to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In addition to these symptoms, we are finding that a lot of people are experiencing headaches, broken crowns and cracked teeth. It all continues to point to the increased stress everyone is experiencing.

How dentists can help

This is where dentists can help. By identifying jaw clenching and teeth grinding, dentists can further help you find relief from your symptoms. But the first thing is identifying that added stress is what you are feeling. 

From there, your dentist can provide proper treatment for your symptoms. Whether that is an oral appliance or some other recommendation, it is important to get the care you need during these trying times. 

Throughout this pandemic, how have you been coping with the added stress you are feeling? Contact us to learn how to find relief from your symptoms. It is important to seek treatment now before your condition progresses.