Northern Kentucky dentist says COVID-19 stress is causing increased cases of cracked teeth

People who grind their teeth in the middle of the night are not uncommon. But left unchecked, which has happened because of the pandemic, all those grinding teeth can cause real trouble.Dr. Shelley Shearer knows that better than most.Shearer, who has an office in Florence, said COVID-19-related stress is causing more people to grind their teeth more intensely while they’re sleeping.The result is a growing number of cases of cracked teeth.”Everyone’s stressed. They’re stressed about their job. They’re stressed about getting their kids to school. They’re stressed about money and they are grinding and clinching their teeth,” Shearer said.She said anyone with a cracked or chipped tooth will know something is wrong because they’ll feel a dull, aching pain in their mouth that can turn into a sharp pain quickly.It can be even worse for those who have a history of grinding their teeth, especially if they’ve avoided the dentist because they’ve been worried about getting infected with coronavirus.”Sometimes people, if they’ve been grinding and clenching for years, and then you add on this extra stress, now they’ve got, maybe, a fractured tooth that’s turned into – where they need a root canal or it needs to be taken out and they’re swollen,” Shearer said.Fortunately, there are other remedies besides just a root canal or a pulled tooth. Shearer said she can fit patients with a bite guard that they can wear while they’re sleeping or place a crown on a cracked tooth to help things get back to normal.Shearer also wants to reassure her patients that it’s as safe as it can be to come to her office for an appointment. She cited a recent report in the Journal of the American Dental Association that shows less than 1 percent of dentists nationwide have tested positive for COVID-19. The report said the result is “far below that of other health professionals in the U.S.”

People who grind their teeth in the middle of the night are not uncommon. But left unchecked, which has happened because of the pandemic, all those grinding teeth can cause real trouble.

Dr. Shelley Shearer knows that better than most.

Shearer, who has an office in Florence, said COVID-19-related stress is causing more people to grind their teeth more intensely while they’re sleeping.

The result is a growing number of cases of cracked teeth.

“Everyone’s stressed. They’re stressed about their job. They’re stressed about getting their kids to school. They’re stressed about money and they are grinding and clinching their teeth,” Shearer said.

She said anyone with a cracked or chipped tooth will know something is wrong because they’ll feel a dull, aching pain in their mouth that can turn into a sharp pain quickly.

It can be even worse for those who have a history of grinding their teeth, especially if they’ve avoided the dentist because they’ve been worried about getting infected with coronavirus.

“Sometimes people, if they’ve been grinding and clenching for years, and then you add on this extra

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NEET 2020 Tamil Nadu Shepherd’s Son Who Cracked Medical Entrance Exam NEET Needs Help To Study Medicine

Tamil Nadu Shepherd's Son Who Cracked NEET Needs Help To Study Medicine

Tamil Nadu government school topper Jeevith Kumar has cleared medical entrance exam NEET with 664 marks.

Chennai:

A Tamil Nadu student, the son of a shepherd father and a tailor mother, has not only cracked the all-India medical college entrance exam NEET, but topped among candidates from state’s government schools. His family, however, has no means to pay for his college fee.

“My family can’t even afford the admission fee for a government medical college. I need help so I could pursue my further studies,” Jeevith Kumar, who cleared NEET on his second attempt, told NDTV.

Jeevith Kumar’s journey so far has not been without struggle.

Even though he secured 548 out of 600 in Class 12 last year, Jeevith could only score 193 marks in the medical entrance exam without private tuition. Seeing untapped potential in the teenager, teacher-turned-activist R Sabarimala posted a video appealing for help on the social media.

Things changed for him after help came from a Good Samaritan in the US who paid Rs 75,000 to get him enrolled in a private coaching centre for a year-long residential programme that costs Rs 1.15 lakh. His teachers also pitched in to help and this time he has scored 664 in NEET.

“Right from his first day in school, I had always prayed to God to give him good teachers. They have made all this possible. He did not follow English coaching earlier but teachers motivated him to just study. I have another son and a daughter,” said Jeevith’s mother, who adds to the family’s income by doing tailoring under the 100-day work programme.

Jeevith, however, never aspired to be a doctor but took it as a challenge when HE saw many aspirants die by suicide over the last few years on failing in the test.

Asked if he could have cracked the medical entrance exam without private coaching, Jeevith said, “No way. It was the coaching that made it possible for me. I want to help many poor students like me become doctors. After becoming a doctor I’ll reach out to poor patients.”

As Jeevith seeks help to secure his future, a key bill that could help many students like him awaits clearance by the Governor.

In September, the Tamil Nadu assembly had passed a bill to reserve 7.5 per cent seats in medical colleges for government school students. However, BJP-appointed Governor Banwarilal Purohit is yet to sign it or reject it. Any further delay in passing the bill could deny opportunity for around 300 NEET-qualified students from government schools.

The Tamil Nadu assembly passed the bill after it failed to get an exemption for state students from appearing in NEET. For nearly a decade the state had abolished the medical entrance exam and made admission on the basis of marks secured in class 12. Successive state governments have argued that the NEET favours the affluent, who can afford private coaching, and denies opportunity to the poor and those from rural backgrounds who score well in

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