Many people have been neglecting their dental health during the time of COVID-19 quarantines and lockdowns. One common occurrence is eating and drinking too many foods and beverages that contain a large amount of sugar that can lead to tooth decay. Let’s take a look at some ways that quarantine may have taken a toll on your dental health and what to do about it.
Tooth Loss and Toothaches
A number of patients are encountering possible tooth loss by putting off their dental cleanings during quarantine. This type of negligence and poor dental hygiene often leads to an untreated tooth becoming painful.
When things reach a certain point, you may need to undergo an invasive type of dental treatment like root canal therapy. A gum infection can also lead to a condition called gingivitis, which is when your gums grow inflamed and bleed easily whenever you are brushing or flossing.
Gum disease is an infection of the soft tissues surrounding your teeth. When left undetected and untreated, gum disease can become a chronic, irreversible condition that could eventually lead to the loss of your teeth.
The good news is that by practicing good oral hygiene at home, and maintaining your regular dental cleanings, you can help to prevent this serious oral condition.
If you find that your gums are red, inflamed or tender, please contact us right away to schedule an appointment so that we can examine you and recommend the appropriate treatment before the condition gets out of hand.
Poor oral care can lead to periodontal disease and gingivitis that makes it more difficult for your blood sugar to be controlled, worsening existing diabetes. Diabetics are more susceptible to developing periodontal disease. As a result, they need to be focusing on maintaining proper dental care during this time.
Oral cancer is a serious disease that is often progressive and can become life-threatening. During your regular dental exam or cleaning, your dental hygienist will have an opportunity to examine your mouth, including looking for signs of oral cancer. Although cancer is a scary disease, oral cancer is actually extremely treatable when detected early. This is why it is so critical that you do not neglect your regular dental checkups during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resume Your Regular Appointments
Besides regularly brushing and flossing at home, the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease is by keeping up with your regular dental exams and cleanings. Our dental team can examine your teeth, mouth and gums to ensure that there are no problems or areas of concern. If any problems are detected, early intervention means that any needed treatments will likely be less expensive and complicated than they would be otherwise.
Although you and your family may be putting off desired cosmetic dental work, there is no reason to neglect your health by delaying your regular dental exams and cleanings. Please contact our office today to book your next appointment