The Importance of Oral Health During Covid-19 Pandemic

The Importance of Oral Health During Covid-19 Pandemic

Posted by Larsen Dental Care on Jul 8 2021, 08:13 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered almost everything around us- how we live, how we go out, how we interact with others, etc. For many people, the pandemic also means delays in dental visits and oral care. When people are hesitant to visit dentists for their biannual dental checkups, preventive care, or for treating their dental issues, this can cause more harm. Delaying dental treatments often can lead to a more critical dental problem. Those dental issues that might have earlier required a minor treatment in a dental office might have got worse, requiring more advanced procedures and treatment.  Besides, various studies have found that people having periodontal issues are 8.8 times more likely to get affected by the Coronavirus. Hence, it is vital to take utmost care of your teeth at home and have timely dental treatments to guard yourself against the risk of various diseases.

Is it essential to visit your dentist during the Covid-19 pandemic?

COVID-19 pandemic has made many of us concerned about going out of our homes. However, it is still critical not to skip your visits to your dentist for biannual dental checkups, teeth cleanings, and dental treatments. Dental visits help people maintain their oral health and defend their teeth from tooth decay and cavities. A dental visit also makes it easy to detect oral health issues in their initial stages, thus preventing them from becoming severe, requiring more extensive restorative or cosmetic dentistry procedures.

How to help prevent dental issues during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Your dentists at Larsen Dental Care recommend our patients continue to schedule their regular bi-annual tooth cleanings and dental examinations to maintain optimum dental health. Furthermore, it is advisable to strictly adhere to the best at-home dental care practices and oral hygiene routine to keep the risk of dental diseases at bay. 

Take proper care of your teeth and gums at home by following these practices:

  • Brush your teeth at least two times every day for a minimum of two minutes. If possible, brush between your meals to prevent the accumulation of bacteria and plaque on your teeth. This helps prevent the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Floss your teeth at least once every day to get rid of the food particles and plaque stuck between the hard-to-reach areas between your teeth. 
  • Speak to your dentist about prescription toothpaste and mouth rinses to further reduce the risk of dental issues.
  • Drink fluoridated water. 
  • Avoid junk and sugary food. 
  • Save yourself from the risk of dental damage and decay by wearing sports guards when participating in games, avoiding nail-biting, using night guards to prevent teeth grinding, avoiding chewing hard objects, etc. 
  • Do not skip your biannual dental checkups. Visit your dentist if you feel any abnormal changes in your teeth.

At Larsen Dental Care, our dentist, hygienist, dental assistants and all of our staff, offer safe and protective dental care to our patients and visitors. We take utmost care to protect your dental and overall health. Call us at (208) 233-7007 or schedule an appointment online. 

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