IN THESE STRESSFUL TIMES, TRY TO RELAX YOUR JAW: Dentists Are Seeing an Epidemic of Cracked Teeth. What’s Going On?

“How’s your dental practice?” a friend of mine asked, brow furrowed, concern evident on her face.

I’ve seen this look a lot recently. Since the onset of the pandemic, with a citywide shutdown and social distancing measures firmly entrenched, more than a handful of friends and family members have presumed I must be on the brink of closing. But I let her know that I am busier than ever.

“Really?” she asked. “How’s that possible?”

“I’ve seen more tooth fractures in the last six weeks than in the previous six years,” I explained.

Unfortunately, that’s no exaggeration.

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