BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, forced to start its outdoor group fitness classes late this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic, will continue them through September.
Dentists are facing an unintended consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic as more people visit their clinics with cracked teeth.
Since reopening her clinic in June, Dr. Sura Hadad said about 50 patients have come to get treated for teeth fractures or jaw pain.
There are several causes for these issues, but increased stress is one of the most prevalent reasons post-COVID-19. Elevated stress levels may lead people to grind their teeth unconsciously when they’re awake or during sleep.
“Some people (clench or grind their teeth) when they’re driving, exercising, or when they’re watching TV or working on the computer,” said Hadad.
For Dr. Jainin Wolfe, a dentist in Oxford, grinding was a problem many patients faced while her clinic was shut down. Wolfe said she also faced the problem herself.
“I was answering a lot of phone calls and I would say symptoms associated with clenching and grinding were about