FARGO — Dentists say they're seeing a big increase in cracked and damaged teeth, and they think the pandemic is to blame.

The American Dental Association published a study that shows dentists are seeing a more than 50% increase in both cracked and chipped teeth since the pandemic started.

The study found that the increase in stress is causing people to clench and grind their jaws, causing damage to their teeth.

Local dentist Melinda Harr said she is seeing such increases in Fargo and suggested getting in to see a dentist right away if symptoms surface.

"Sometimes, it presents in vague symptoms such as temperature sensitivity, waking up with headaches, jaw pain and muscle aches, so if you're noticing any sort of symptoms like that it's important to get to your dentist," Harr said.