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Symptoms of bruxism affect 7 out of 10 people, in the pandemic

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The cases of bruxism were very well studied at the beginning of the pandemic, since that moment it has been realized that bruxism is directly linked to psychological conditions, with the passage of the pandemic some people who have declared to have gone through a lot of stress and nervousness also worsened, worsening symptoms of bruxism.

An analysis was made by researchers from the Federal University of Alfenas (Unifal-MG) and the Neurological Institute of Curitiba (INC), published on Friday (4) in the “Brazilian Journal of Pain” (BrJP) .


Photo: Asking for Covid-19 to finally end, and all the diseases it has brought (Reproduction/Pexels)


Data was collected via an online questionnaire, applied between May and August 2020, with questions about bruxism symptoms, quality of life and self-compassion.

In view of the collection, the researchers found that there are correlations between feeling negative emotions and bruxism, in this sense it is necessary to have actions of preventive treatment of the symptoms: headaches; locked jaw; and muscle fatigue.

With the proposal also to better understand the impacts of covid-19 on the psychological of people, the study showed that there is now a high prevalence of physical symptoms due to the worsening of everyone’s mental health.

“We did the research expecting an increase in bruxism symptoms, but not as much as the sample showed. The oscillations of the pandemic, with new strains and the increase in the number of cases are still having an impact on the population, and we must think about how to reduce the risk of these malfunctions,” said Marcelo Lourenço da Silva, professor at the Faculty of Physiotherapy at Unifal-MG.

“The ideal is to go to physiotherapy for pain control and mechanical modifications, as well as psychological treatment. This association would reduce the symptoms and the population would have a lower incidence of bruxism, ”continues Silva.

The next step is to determine whether existing interventions, such as physiotherapy, acupuncture and electrostimulation techniques, have concrete results in the context of the pandemic.

“We have positive responses with these treatments, but the next step is to carry out an intervention to assess whether the tools work in this context, in which economic, work, health and social problems are also present. We need to test the tools to see if, even at this stage, they can generate a positive response in the population,” Silva concluded.

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