By Allyson Chiu

June 17, 2021 at 5:00 a.m. PDT

Beyond its psychological toll, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on our bodies: Many people have put on poundspicked at their skinbroken their toes — and, according to dentists, damaged their teeth.

As more Americans return to dental offices, practitioners say they’re seeing a significant rise in tooth-grinding and jaw-clenching, probably brought on by pandemic-related stress and anxiety. They’re also seeing an increase in cavities and gum disease that may be due to a combination of lapsed appointments, pandemic eating and drinking habits, and less-than-stellar brushing and flossing.  Full article