Patrick Smith, DDS, and Jean Diflorio, DDS, are assistant professors of surgery at Upstate.
Pandemic appears to have spawned teeth grinding, other dental concerns
Many dental offices scaled back and only cared for patients with dental emergencies as the coronavirus pandemic began. When dental practices resumed more routine care, some of the postponed issues had grown from minor to major. Two dental surgeons talk about the growing incidence of grinding and clenching, which has led to an increase in fractured teeth, tied to the stress of the pandemic. Assistant professors of surgery Patrick Smith, DDS, and Jean Diflorio, DDS, also give advice about how to maintain dental health.