Covid-19 is a public health emergency on a global level. It has substantially changed our way of life. To help curb the pandemic's spread, unprecedented measures have been imposed that directly changed people's everyday behaviors.
Businesses have been forced to close; people have been asked to stay home. Face masks have become commonplace, as well as practicing social distancing. These measures have changed virtually every aspect of people's lives, creating uncertainty. People are fearful of contracting the coronavirus, dying, losing a job, or being able to pay for basic necessities.
In turn, people have experienced increased anxiety and stress.
Covid-19 has a wide array of side effects such as long-term breathing issues, rashes, neurological issues, and loss of smell and taste, to name a few. A less known effect of the coronavirus is its impact on oral health.
It has been reported that since the pandemic began, an increase in tooth fractures, cavities, and jaw pain has been observed worldwide. In fact, a study from the Journal of Clinical Medicine cites a significant increase in facial pain, including jaw pain that has been linked to jaw-clenching as well as grinding of dentition. This has been attributed to high levels of anxiety and stress that many people have experienced since the beginning of the pandemic.