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In these trying times, dentists are seeing more people with teeth-grinding and jaw-clenching — a.k.a. bruxism

In these trying times, dentists are seeing more people with teeth-grinding and jaw-clenching — a.k.a. bruxism

I have been a frequent visitor to my dentist’s office since it reopened after lockdowns during the initial stages of the pandemic. First came a cracked tooth, then a cracked filling. Both were painful enough to wake me up at night.It was bad luck, I figured, or maybe just the reality of middle age. My dentist, Jennifer Herbert, suggested otherwise. Ever since the pandemic started, she says she has seen a surge in problems related to tooth-grinding and jaw-clenching. Perhaps, she suggested, pandemic stress was the culprit for my tooth woes, too.“It’s astronomical,” she says. “I’ve seen more...

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