According to the World Health Organization, the main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, dry cough, aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and diarrhea.
Results of Stress
Although toothaches or tooth problems are not in the above list, as a practicing dentist, I can tell you that during this extremely stressful time, whether you have the virus or you don’t have the virus, people tend to clench and grind their teeth when under more stress.
Many people think if they have a toothache they must have something wrong with the tooth. Maybe some deep decay, fracture, break, or some other type of problem that is leading to the toothache. You can have a perfectly healthy tooth with no decay and no filling (we call it a virgin tooth) and it can still give you a toothache.
What Happens When You Clench and Grind Your Teeth?
As a person clenches or grinds their teeth, ( also known as bruxism) one or more teeth may not be in perfect alignment with the rest. As you clench and grind, the tooth can get slightly out of alignment and gets more pressure. Under extreme pressure, the tooth is pushed into the socket pinching the nerve and blood vessels at the end. This can lead to root canal-like symptoms as the nerves and blood vessels at the end of the root are irritated from the clenching or grinding.
The tooth can be sensitive to hot and cold, even pressure. If caught early enough, the dentist can adjust this using bite paper to see where the tooth is hitting excessively. This simple adjustment can correct the situation and make the tooth feel totally normal. However, if the adjustment is not made and the situation continues, the nerve can become damaged, and the tooth could require a root canal. This is not unusual; we see it all the time.
GrindReliefN Can Help
Living in Michigan, we are in a virtual lockdown, going into the dental office only for emergencies. Recently a patient called with what I believe was the exact situation described above. I asked if she had been wearing her nighttime appliance for clenching and grinding. She said no but she would start that night. The device, called GrindReliefN, was worn that night. The next day the patient called and said the tooth is feeling much better.
In this case, we weren’t able to adjust the tooth as should be done. Wearing the GrindReliefN kept the teeth from coming together while she slept, which is when people clench and grind the most. Grinding not only causes toothaches, but it can also lead to shoulder, neck, and headache pain. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t realize this, and they suffer needlessly.
Get Pain Relief Now
These are definitely stressful days and, if stress is causing you to grind your teeth, GrindReliefN is an affordable and efficient solution. GrindReliefN is simply the best mouth guard for clenching and grinding your teeth. Contact us to learn more or order one now to try for yourself.