Dentists Report Increase in Stress-Related Dental Issues
U.S. dentists saw a marked increase in stress-related oral health conditions since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a poll conducted the Health Policy Institute. “More specifically, 71% of dentists surveyed reported an increase in prevalence of teeth grinding and clenching; 63% for chipped teeth; 63% for cracked teeth; and 62% for temporomandibular joint disorder symptoms, which include headaches and jaw pain.”(1)
The poll also explored additional impacts of the pandemic on dental practice, finding that a growing number of dentists (over one third) are now practicing some form of teledentistry for follow-ups, consults, and triage. Patient confidence has bounced back, with 90% of patients reporting they feel positive about returning to the dentist.(1)
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(1) Versaci, M. American Dental Association News, HPI Poll: Dentist See Increase in Patients’ Stress-related Oral Health Conditions, https://www.ada.org/en/publications/