Tooth Problems On The Rise Amid Pandemic

NBC News (3/13, Stenson) reported on how the pandemic is taking a physical toll on people’s bodies, including their teeth. The article cited an American Dental Association survey conducted in February which “found that more than 70 percent of almost 2,300 dentists nationwide reported seeing an increase of teeth grinding and clenching, conditions often linked with stress, in their patients during the pandemic.” Postponing dental appointments “during the pandemic is another factor contributing to tooth problems, said Ruchi Sahota, a dentist in Fremont, California, and a spokesperson for the ADA.”