Psychologic Stress of COVID-19 Pandemic and Oral Health: A Case Series
Author(s): Wendy Fu, Raime Shah, Donald A Curtis, Yvonne Kapila
Introduction: High stress levels associated with the COVID-19 pandemic may be a risk factor for accelerating inflammatory disease processes, such as periodontitis and peri-implant disease, and parafunctional activities, such as bruxism.
Case Presentation: The purpose of this report is to outline unique clinical examples of complications observed in our clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic, review potential mechanisms of action, and offer general recommendations.
Conclusions: The consideration of how high levels of psychologic stress might impact patient management is relevant.