Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the stay at home orders, more dentists in the US have been seeing patients with cracked teeth. And they have been in their 20-40’s. In the US, dentists have seen twice as many patients for cracked teeth. They used to treat one or two cracked teeth, but now they see up to five cases.
But Kennedy says it’s not always the case. She says that it could also be the constant snacking, which leads to weight gain and sleep problems at night.
Now that dentists in Melbourne are allowed to reopen, it is predicted that they would see up to four patients a day for cracked teeth.
What is bruxing?
It’s the grinding of the teeth at night when you sleep. When you sleep, you don’t know that you are grinding your teeth. It’s usually your partner or another family member who tells you that you are bruxing. Or you wake up in the morning with very sore teeth.
How to stop the bruxing
You can buy a special mouthguard from the chemist, or your dentist will prescribe you one to temporarily stop the bruxing. You would have to mold it to fit your teeth, but you can ask your health professional how to do this.
Mainly you do need to relax. Meditate, do yoga, drink tea, go for walks or a run. In Melbourne, you can now go to the outdoor pools and do some retail therapy. But spare a thought for your friends who are in lockdown at the moment in other countries.