Dentists Are Seeing An Epidemic of Cracked Teeth

Dentists say they’re seeing an average of 3-4 tooth fractures a day lately. What’s going on? It turns out that it stems from an unprecedented number of Americans suddenly working from home, often creating makeshift workstations wherever they can: on the sofa, perched on a barstool, tucked into a corner of the kitchen counter. The awkward body positions can cause people to hunch their shoulders forward, curving the spine into something resembling a C-shape. Nerves in our neck and shoulder muscles lead into the temporomandibular (tem-puh-roe-man-DIB-u-lur) joint (TMJ), which connects the jawbone to the skull. Poor posture during the day can translate into a grinding problem at night. So what can we do? Be mindful, and try to stop yourself from grinding when you catch yourself doing it. If you have a night guard or retainer — devices that keep the teeth in proper alignment and prevent grinding — try popping them in during the day. Most of all, it’s imperative to set up a proper workstation that's ergonomically correct.