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Transitioning to a Post-COVID Lifestyle

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Now is the Time to Get Back to the Dentist

Given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 this past year, many have put off their routine health check-ups like dental visits due to fear and concern over safety protocols. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), four in ten U.S. adults reported avoiding medical care because of concerns related to COVID-19. As communities everywhere are beginning to transition back into a post-COVID lifestyle, individuals should begin to plan their visits back to the dentist again.

Dental visits were among one of the most common check-ups that were put off due to the fact that it meant leaving your mouth open and exposed during a time when you’re being told to wear your mask everywhere. Despite the general public’s concern, according to a recent study by Ohio State University, getting your teeth cleaned does not increase your risk for COVID-19 infection any more than drinking a glass of water. In fact, there is a less than 1% COVID-19 positivity rate among dentists.

In addition to safety concerns, another likely cause of this downward trend that was seen over the past year was a result of the lack of understanding many have of the importance that their oral health has on their overall health. When you make the decision to put your mouth’s care first, you prevent the likelihood of experiencing other detrimental issues in the mouth and the body leading to a more fulfilling and healthy life.

Here are some of the most common trends seen over the past year from individuals who have missed routine dental appointments:

  • Cavities: One of the most common issues found affecting an individual’s oral health are cavities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about one-fourth of young children, half of adolescents, and over 90% of adults in the United States experience tooth decay or cavities. Furthermore, about 25% of adults aged 20-64 have left their cavities untreated.
  • Gum Disease: Periodontitis, also called gum disease, is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and, without treatment, can destroy the bone that supports your teeth. Although common, it’s largely preventable.
  • Staining: Poor oral hygiene can lead to discoloration of your teeth and tongue. If you don’t take the necessary steps of brushing at least twice a day and visiting for bi-annual monthly dentist cleanings you may have a harder time keeping your mouth shining bright.

If you notice any of these symptoms in your own mouth, do not wait to act. Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Ignoring cavities can lead to more serious problems including abscesses, tooth removal, and infection that can travel to other parts of your body.

ProHEALTH Dental’s mission and goal is to provides services and education to patients regarding the critical importance of proper oral health care and its impact on systemic health. For more information or to make an appointment, you can visit or call 855-PHD-CARE.

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