Covid caused surge in bruxism cases

In mid June 2021, two scientists analysed whether the coronavirus pandemic had an impact on bruxism.

Result

The study showed that the relative search volume for bruxism, teeth grinding, and teeth clenching, as an indication of public interest and demand, increased both worldwide and in the United States during the May–October 2020 period compared to similar periods of the previous 4 years.

Implications

The study pointed out different implications:

Medical professionals should address this increased public interest and demand for information seeking for bruxism.

Follow-up studies should be performed to evaluate whether increased internet searches are linked to an actual increase or worsening of bruxism and its symptoms in the clinic are required.

References

Kardeş E, Kardeş S. Google searches for bruxism, teeth grinding, and teeth clenching during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Orofac Orthop. 2021 Jun 29:1–6. doi: 10.1007/s00056-021-00315-0. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34185102; PMCID: PMC8239479.

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