The American Association of Endodontists says that 2020’s Covid-19 pandemic made over 50 percent of Americans avoid getting regular dental checkups. The pandemic has also led people to indulge in poor oral habits, perhaps to help them cope with the stress.
Thirty-one percent of people snacked on sugary treats; 28 percent didn’t slate a visit to their dentist; 20 percent delayed their initial brushing of the morning, and 21 percent skipped their morning brush.
There was also a downturn in the crucial oral health practice of flossing. 24 percent didn’t floss as much as they used to, while 23 percent abandoned it altogether. At the same time, 43 percent of individuals between the ages of 22 and 38 didn’t follow their normal dental hygiene habits because the pandemic made them work from home or attend classes over the Internet.
These disturbances can eventually turn into serious oral health problems. At the top of the list of significant matters, 60 percent of people who had tooth pain that wouldn’t abate or disappear didn’t seek professional help.
It’s imperative that anyone suffering from a constant and severe toothache should seek immediate care from an endodontist. Don’t let Covid-19 deter you from dealing with serious dental issues.
It’s crucial to know that despite Covid-19, it’s exceedingly safe to receive treatment from an endodontist. He or she is practicing with the ultimate caution and sterilization modus operandi. Even in the spring of 2020, when the U.S. was at the peak of its shutdown phase, most endodontists were accepting patients who were suffering from dental emergencies.
At the office of Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC, you can rest assured that our main mission is to provide you with the ultimate in endodontic care. Our offices are clean and hygienic, so you needn’t be concerned with contamination issues. We’re highly experienced at putting apprehensive patients at ease so they can relax and receive the care they need. Please contact us today to make an appointment.
By Linda Ricks, DDS, MS, PC
February 24, 2021