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Dentists See Increase In Stress-Related Oral Health Conditions, HPI Poll Finds

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The ADA News (9/28, Versaci) reports the ADA Health Policy Institute’s latest poll shows that “a majority of participating dentists have seen a rise in stress-related oral health conditions in their patients since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.” More than half of the dentists polled the week of Sept. 21 “reported increases in the prevalence of bruxism (59.4%), chipped and cracked teeth (53.4%), and temporomandibular disorder symptoms (53.4%) among their patients.” In addition, “more than a quarter saw a rise in other conditions, including 26.4% who reported an increase in caries and 29.7% who reported an increase in periodontal disease.”

HPI has posted complete results comparing data for the 14 waves over the previous six months, including results broken down by dental service organization affiliation, practice size, and state.