The Covid-19 pandemic leaves stress and various health problems behind it.
Now that dentists have started to reopen their practice, they have found many complaints of dental problems, especially cracked teeth.
“When I reopened my practice in early June, complaints of broken teeth started coming in, at least once a day,” said Dr. Tammy Chen, a prosthodontist based in New York, as quoted by Insider.
According to Chen, tooth cracks appear due to increased bruxism.
This condition usually occurs due to stress.
Launching from the official website of Mayoclinic, bruxism itself is a condition of someone clenching their teeth unconsciously. This is usually done while sleeping.
There are certain factors that cause bruxism, but stress is a major factor in the occurrence of these habits.
The most common way to treat teeth grinding is therapy to treat the stress that underlies bruxism.
Apart from causing the problem of teeth cracking, the pandemic also indirectly causes other problems in the mouth.
Reporting from Huffpost, some dentists have also started to report that there is an increase in patients complaining about bad breath related to the use of masks.
In this regard, another New York dentist, Marc Sclafani, said that bad breath due to masks occurs because people tend to breathe through their mouths when wearing masks.
This causes the amount of saliva to be depleted and makes plaque more attached to the teeth.