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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.

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