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New survey finds stress-related dental conditions continue to increase

Friday, August 6, 2021 | Posted in GEHA Connection Dental Network News

More than 70 percent of dentists surveyed by the American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute saw an increase of stress-related dental conditions such as teeth grinding and clenching, compared to less than 60 percent of dentists seeing an increase in these conditions last fall. The survey also found a little more than 60 percent of dentists saw an increase in other stress-related conditions including chipped, cracked teeth and TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) symptoms like headaches and jaw pain. Representatives of the ADA Health Policy Institute suggest the increase in these stress-related dental conditions have become more prevalent since the onset of COVID-19, with pandemic stress affecting patients and communities nationwide. The representatives assert that it is especially important now for people to check in with a dentist and address any issues that could have long-term impacts. The survey also found no meaningful change in reported conditions attributed to “mask mouth,” such as bad breath and dry mouth. Source: