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The Impact of Covid Stress On TMJ/TMD Disorder

Dec 10th, 2020

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To say that this year was stressful is an understatement. We’ve seen lives upended by a global pandemic, people of all walks of life protesting social injustice, and – to top it off – a close and extremely contentious election. Do you feel your jaw tensing up in stress just reading about this?

Dentists have long known that there’s a correlation between stress and the severity of TMJ /TMD symptoms. While stress alone doesn’t cause TMJ, it has been known to exacerbate existing TMJ. In fact, dentists are now starting to report increases in TMJ cases in their offices and they suspect that stress could have been the trigger. While we’re learning more about Covid every day, odds are that this increase in reported TMJ symptoms is not a direct result of Covid, but rather the stress it causes.

With an increase in TMJ cases many dentists might find themselves referring patients to TMJ specialists like Dr. Paul Mathew, since treatment can sometimes be complex. Specialist TMJ dentists like Dr. Mathew have dealt with many TMJ patients even before the pandemic and know how to properly diagnose and treat them. Dr. Mathew has even trained on specialty treatments like neuromuscular dentistry that have helped many patients over the years. With so many years of experience and specialization, Dr. Mathew even sees TMJ patients outside of Newburyport, MA and Salem, NH – the cities he has dental offices in.

If you have any questions about TMJ, feel free to check out Artisan Dentistry’s TMJ FAQs page, or call at either the Salem or Newburyport locations.

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