The corona crisis burdens people in a variety of ways - and we seem to be literally gripping our teeth.
A large study has just been carried out in Poland and Israel.
The result: people unconsciously grind their teeth more than ever.
The researchers asked 1,800 test persons to what extent they are affected by bruxism, as the phenomenon is called in specialist circles, and the associated symptoms such as pain and cracking in the jaw joints.
The results for Israel showed that during the first lockdown, the rate of bruxism complaints jumped from 35 to 47 percent and the rate of nocturnal teeth grinding from ten to 36 percent.
Study director Sandra Bussadori from the University Nove De Julho in São Paulo sees opportunities for a therapy that in this country is mainly known as a cosmetic intervention.