During the first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak, dental offices around the world were forced to close. For two to three months, all dental appointments had to be postponed or cancelled except for urgent emergency treatments. After the first few months of the pandemic, dental offices were allowed to reopen and resume mostly normal activity. Despite this, many people have avoided routine check-ups and have drastically altered their dental hygiene habits, resulting in pandemic-related dental issues.
As the Covid vaccine becomes more readily available and life (hopefully) begins to resume a more normal pace, you should pay strict attention to your oral health and the potential negative oral side effects created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
How Has The Pandemic Impacted Oral Health?
Over the past year, the pandemic has resulted in some very odd dental anomalies nationwide.
It may sound strange to hear that the pandemic has resulted in oral health issues. After all, these dental problems are not symptoms of the coronavirus. However, there are several reasons why these issues have become more prevalent.
As already mentioned, dental offices were closed for several months at the onset of the pandemic. People needing root canals, cavities filled, or even just basic cleanings, pushed back their appointments indefinitely. Since that time, many people have gotten in the habit of not prioritizing their regular dental checkups. Putting off even small dental procedures for several months can cause long term side-effects to your oral health.
Stress-Related Dental Disorders
Additionally, dentists worldwide have reported a growing trend in stress-related dental health issues. This makes sense of course, considering the very stressful environment the pandemic has created.
Stress-related dental issues encompass a wide field of oral problems. For example, dentists have seen increases in the prevalence of bruxism, chipped and cracked teeth, and temporomandibular disorder symptoms.
Bruxism and chipped/cracked teeth can be directly linked to increased stress levels. When stressed, people are more likely to grind their teeth or bite down very hard, causing strain on your jaw and your teeth.
These issues are only exacerbated when people put off going to the dentist due to Covid-related concerns. If a tooth or mouth issue goes unchecked for several months, it can cause some very serious problems. And, the longer you wait, dental fixes become more expensive and damage becomes more permanent.
How Can I Avoid These Problems?
Even if you’re nervous, go to the dentist. Dental offices are following very stringent safety procedures to make sure their employees and their patients are safe. Putting off a visit to the dentist can result in long-lasting and potentially permanent oral damage.
If you have slacked off on your regular cleanings or are ignoring a nagging tooth pain, now is the time to correct those bad habits. Your dentist can also help you determine if you have become lax with your regular brushing and flossing routine, another result of our post-pandemic world.
Get In Touch With Our Team
If your dental routine has changed since the onset of the pandemic, it may be time to reprioritize your oral health and resume some of your old cleaning habits. The pandemic has greatly impacted many people’s oral health—and the ramifications should not be ignored.
At East Center Dental, our team is equipped to answer any questions you may have about post-pandemic dentistry and your oral health. Don’t hesitate to contact us.