People continue to take safety precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19. That means wearing a mask, washing your hands and keeping your distance. However, even with proper precautions, many people are still hesitant to get routine things done like going to the dentist.
By skipping routine dental appointments, it leads to more teeth issues. This is especially apparent because many people are experiencing “mask mouth” and other complications from skipping out on their dental appointments.
What is mask mouth?
While we are wearing masks, we breathe out of our mouths and dries out our mouths. In turn, this allows bacteria to build up, which can lead to more cavities. It can also lead to inflammation and bleeding in your gums too.
This means it is important to remain hydrated, brush and floss your teeth, and use mouthwash at least twice a day. Taking proper care of your teeth and oral health is key to preventing further complications with your health.
Teeth grinding and clenching
As people continue to skip their dental appointments, there is something else to worry about. When you skip your routine visits to the dentist, you risk added damage from grinding and clenching your teeth.
This is largely due to the added stress that 2020 is causing all of us. As a result, more emergency calls are being made for cracked teeth, broken teeth and jaw pain. Skipping a cleaning can have serious health complications.
Higher risk for severe COVID-19
Additionally, if you suffer from periodontal disease you are at a higher risk of getting a severe case of COVID-19. This is because of the oral bacteria. Regular dental cleanings reduce the oral bacteria in your mouth, which helps you remain healthier in the long term.
These oral infections can also lead to cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. This is why it is so important to get your teeth cleaned and checked twice a year. However, if you do not feel comfortable to venture out yet, there are some at-home solutions you can follow.
- Watch your diet.
- Pay attention to jaw clenching.
- Brush and floss twice a day.
- Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
- Make an appointment if you are in pain.
We continue to follow all guidelines to ensure your safety when you enter our office. It is our commitment to ensuring you always receive the best care even during a pandemic.