Nov. 24, 2021

Ignoring jaw pain comes at too high a price

"The COVID-19 pandemic challenged health care systems and patients’ personal economic capacity, leading to approximately six million adults losing their dental insurance. Additionally, the World Health Organization and the American Dental...


"The COVID-19 pandemic challenged health care systems and patients’ personal economic capacity, leading to approximately six million adults losing their dental insurance. Additionally, the World Health Organization and the American Dental Association recommended dentists to limit their practices to emergency and urgent dental care.

In the list of these diagnoses requiring emergency care, jaw pain (temporomandibular disorder (TMD) that includes several clinical problems involving the temporomandibular joint and group of muscles that help with chewing and other associated structures), was not included.

This is not acceptable."

Soumya Padala is a craniofacial orthodontist.

She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "Delta surge warning: Ignoring jaw pain comes at too high a price." (https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/08/delta-surge-warning-ignoring-jaw-pain-comes-at-too-high-a-price.html)