COVID-19 has had an effect on our lives in many ways–more ways than we can even imagine. And that includes our health and well-being as well. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that COVID-19 has also been affecting many people’s oral health as well. There are even certain oral health issues that have been caused due to the conditions created by COVID-19 that may be affecting your health and overall quality of life to know about–here are just some of them: Dentists Bayport MN
Tooth Pain & Sensitivity
Many people have developed bruxism–teeth clenching and/or teeth grinding–during the COVID-19 era, which can result in frequent and sometimes chronic tooth pain and/or teeth sensitivity. Tooth pain and sensitivity can make it difficult to eat and drink, which is why it’s important to listen to your body and to understand that something is wrong and try to correct it. Wearing a mouthguard at night, among other things, could help to prevent too much tooth-on-tooth contact from occurring (which happens when your teeth are clenching/grinding frequently).
Another common side effect of bruxism–which is typically caused due to stress–is that clenching and grinding your teeth can lead to your teeth becoming damaged, worn, and/or cracked over time. When actual damage occurs to your teeth, it can be a very serious situation and requires the attention and treatment of a professional dentist. Cracks and other types of damage to your teeth can make your teeth vulnerable to decay, infections, as well as other types of potential issues, which is why it’s important to do your best to protect and treat your teeth properly.
Lastly, when people clench their teeth and/grind their teeth too often, especially for an extended period of time while you’re asleep, it could potentially result in jaw-related issues, such as TMJ disorders/TMD. Jaw issues can be very serious and can hinder a person’s quality of life, and may even require surgical treatment down the road, which is why it’s important to make sure that you’re monitoring and are having other people monitor your jaw so that you don’t end up developing conditions that you don’t want.