Food has played a large role in helping Americans cope with isolation and three-quarters of Americans are eating more comfort food than ever before, according to new research.
The study asked 2,000 Americans about their eating habits during their time in self-isolation and how they have used food to connect with their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thirty-seven percent of respondents shared they're turning to their favorite feel-good foods daily and another 38% said they're chowing down on comfort food every other day while at home during the pandemic.
Six in 10 respondents shared their go-to pandemic comfort food was ice cream, closely followed by chocolates or candies.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Sensodyne, the survey also found that 74% said cooking has been a successful coping mechanism for them as they deal with the stress of being home.
Forty-four percent of those surveyed said they have even learned a new recipe during quarantine and another 32% have taken an online cooking class.
A quarter of respondents have also passed along their positivity and donated their cooking to those in need in their community.
The positive reactions associated with food hit home for the majority of respondents as six in 10 shared they have a certain food that brings them back to their childhood.
Another 72% of respondents agreed that food has always been their favorite way to connect with their loved ones.
These positive memories make it particularly difficult for 37% of respondents who've developed sensitivity issues in their lifetime.
The top sensitivity issues respondents reported included teeth sensitivity to cold temperatures and other discomforts.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints among dental patients and at least 40 million adults in the United States suffer at some time from sensitive teeth.
"If you're experiencing a sensitivity to a specific temperature or hot and cold or air and if it's something that's causing noticeable discomfort or impacting your daily routine you might want to switch to a toothpaste that relieves sensitivity," shares GSK Oral Care experts, Jodi Majewski, Division Sales Manager and Monica Biga, Charlotte Business Manager.
Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed with a sensitivity issue shared they worry they may never be able to enjoy their favorite food again.
To keep favorite food memories alive, respondents shared that they put up with discomfort an average of four times a week to enjoy their favorite foods.
"If you have avoided certain foods because of tooth sensitivity, managing the issue and enjoying those things again is easier than you think," shares Majewski. "First, switch out your toothbrush if you're using hard bristles. The American Dental Association recommends that your toothbrush has soft bristles (instead of hard) to help minimize the risk of gum recession. Next, switch to a toothpaste that specializes to relieve tooth sensitivity, so you don't have to sacrifice your favorite foods."