Pandemic Impacts on Dental Health
The COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on oral health and individual overall healthcare. And, it’s still not over. A May article in The New York Times noted that many people experienced “an increase in stress-related conditions” such as TMJ, teeth grinding, and cracked teeth. Other factors, such as unhealthy diets, changes in dental insurance, and delayed dental care led to more problems like cavities and gum disease.
We want our patients to have the best dental health available and that means coming to see us so we can get everyone back on track, so our teeth long outlast the pandemic. If you need to get in and have your teeth cleaned by one of our dental hygienists, or you need to be seen by one of our dentists, please give us a call as soon as possible so we can schedule your appointment (509) 838-2434. Alternatively, you can book a dental hygiene appointment online through the appointment portal.
In the meantime, here are several things you can do to improve your overall dental health:
- Brush twice a day for 2 minutes
- Floss once a day
- Use a soft toothbrush
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 months
- Don’t skip your brushing or flossing routine