The first victim of the negative effects of teleworking is your mouth (neither your back nor your cervicals are suffering as much as your teeth)

After the closure for the coronavirus and the premiere of the "new normal" came crowded dental consultations. A flow rate that has not decreased over the months because stress, uncertainty and the harmful effects of teleworking are still at the same point they were in the spring. And of all the consultations that are made to dentists since the coronavirus has entered our lives, there is one that is taking over the emergencies: the symptoms associated with bruxism. "All colleagues by profession we have noticed that cases of bruxism have increased in a worrying way. In addition, patients already come to the consultation being aware that they suffer from it and not only while they sleep, but they also identify it during the day ”, explains the Dr. Natalia García, expert in Implantology and Endodontics at the Oroa dental clinic. What is bruxism and how can we prevent it? Can we prevent our mouth from paying the "dental" bill for the coronavirus crisis? The expert helps us clear all doubts.

What is bruxism and why does it affect us more at this time?

Bruxism is nothing more than the "gnashing of teeth" of a lifetime. A way to channel our stress and anxiety through teeth clenching and grinding. And there is no doubt that right now we are more stressed and creaky than ever.

“Not only does the nervousness caused by the situation make us grind or clench our teeth more, it is that the new way of life and work, such as teleworking, makes us adopt positions that are not the most recommended, overloading the nerves and muscles of the head and neck where the temporomandibular joint is located, the great one affected by bruxism ”, assures Dr. Natalia García.

The coronavirus crisis has not only complicated our lives, it has contributed to completely change the prototype of the patient that was previously considered the official screecher. "Before the pandemic, it was very easy to recognize patients who bruxed. They used to be patients with a high degree of stress, severe malocclusions or even several dental absences. But nowadays the cases of patients who were not bruxing are increasing and now they are ”, says the expert.

Consequences of "grinding" teeth (and solutions for bruxism)

In the short term, bruxism damages the teeth and in the long term it can affect our ability to eat. Symptoms that indicate to the expert eye of the specialist that We are part of this group of people who did not have bruxism before, but now do, there are several: flattening on the cusps and edges of the teeth and molars, receding gums, cavities in the neck of the teeth and even dental fissures and fractures that take us to the emergency room.


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But there are other symptoms that we can be alert to and that can help us go to the dentist before these fractures occur, such as often have a headache and neck pain, where we cannot fully open our mouth, that our teeth are sensitive, or even that they hurt.

If bruxism is detected early with a relief splint (which helps to relax the temporomandibular joint, positioning it properly while we sleep) can stop the problem and prevent it from going to more. "In the most severe cases or those that have not been diagnosed in time, You have to treat teeth affected by bruxism, and you may have to do some dental filling, which is the restoration of the tooth. And in the worst case, having to perform a dental extraction because that tightening has caused a crack in the tooth root”, Warns Dr. Natalia García. If you want to escape from this scenario, and you suffer from any of the symptoms that we have described, the best idea you can have today is to make an appointment with the dentist and have him check you thoroughly. Don't let your smile fade due to the coronavirus crisis.

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