The past two years have been a whirlwind, to say the least. With all the stress and uncertainty of a global pandemic, our bodies and our mouths have experienced stress and wear. The pandemic has affected our health, including the health of our smiles.
How the Pandemic Has Affected Our Oral Health
An American Dental Association survey found that more than 70 percent of almost 2,300 dentists nationwide reported seeing an increase of teeth grinding and clenching in their patients during the pandemic. And, more than 60 percent of dentists also reported an increase in other stress-related dental conditions, such as chipped or cracked teeth and joint disorder symptoms like migraines and jaw pain. People have also reported an increase in grinding and clenching their teeth, which also indicates stress may be a factor.
The Importance of Regular Dental Care
Regular home and professional dental care are essential for maintaining the health and appearance of your smile, even during a pandemic. Countless people have avoided going to the dentist because they don’t want to risk contracting or spreading the virus. Also, dentists have postponed non-urgent treatments for the safety of patients, which has made home dental care even more important.
Many people have missed dental appointments during the pandemic because they have been afraid of contracting coronavirus. Delaying dental appointments can lead to a higher risk of developing cavities or gum disease. If left untreated, some issues like decay can get worse and cause even more damage to your dental health.
Without staying consistent in your home dental care, tooth decay and gum disease can both develop and put your smile and physical health at risk. For example, eating a balanced diet, limiting tobacco use, and practicing good oral hygiene can help keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.
We’re All in This Together
The Covid-19 pandemic has taught our team how to better provide comfortable and accessible dental care to families in our community. We continue to uphold the highest standards of cleanliness and safe dental care, and we strive to make every patient feel at ease during their visit. Whatever you need, we are here for you!
Oral health is directly connected to whole-body health. Regular visits to your dentist can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy, which can consequently improve your overall physical health.
To learn more about how to care for your smile during the pandemic, or to book an appointment with us, please contact our Sarasota dental office.