Why ignoring your dentist during pandemic is a bad idea

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — During lockdown, routine dental visits were canceled. Now, some are paying the price.

Many fear going to the dentist during the pandemic, according to Dr. Marc Rothman, associate adjunct professor at Temple University’s School of Dental Medicine and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

“We’re seeing a lot of dental issues, concerning things that were missed or small that were present during the beginning of the pandemic, but because of the delay of treatment have now become rather more serious or in some cases, life threatening,” said Rothman.

He added that these stressful times are taking a huge toll on our teeth.

“People can damage their teeth through clenching and grinding, it happens quite often. But we’re seeing it at a much greater frequency since COVID started,” he explained.

He stressed that dentists are taking COVID-19 protocols quite seriously and there is no reason for you to fear going into the office. In fact, there are good reasons why you should make that appointment now.

“Recent literature has shown that people with poor oral hygiene tend to fare a lot worse when they become infected with COVID and develop respiratory problems,” Rothman said.

In addition, he said poor oral hygiene not only causes problems for the teeth and structures of the mouth, but also the person’s overall physical health.

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Trump takes a brief car ride, ignoring own COVID infection

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Infected and contagious, President Donald Trump briefly ventured out in a motorcade on Sunday to salute cheering supporters, a move that disregarded precautions meant to contain the deadly virus that has forced his hospitalization and killed more than 209,000 Americans.

Hours earlier, Trump’s medical team reported that his blood oxygen level dropped suddenly twice in recent days and that they gave him a steroid typically only recommended for the very sick. Still, the doctors said Trump’s health is improving and that he could be discharged as early as Monday.

With one month until Election Day, Trump was eager to project strength despite his illness. The still-infectious president surprised supporters who had gathered outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, driving by in a black SUV with the windows rolled up. Secret Service agents inside the vehicle could be seen in masks and other protective gear.

The move capped a weekend of contradictions that fueled confusion about Trump’s health, which has imperiled the leadership of the U.S. government and upended the final stages of the presidential campaign. While Trump’s physician offered a rosy prognosis on his condition, his briefings lacked basic information, including the findings of lung scans, or were quickly muddled by more serious assessments of the president’s health by other officials.

In a short video released by the White House on Sunday, Trump insisted he understood the gravity of the moment. But his actions moments later, by leaving the hospital and sitting inside the SUV with others, suggested otherwise.

“This is insanity,” Dr. James P. Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed who is a critic of Trump and his handling of the pandemic. “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die.”

“For political theater,” the doctor added. “Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater.”

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Trump’s trip outside the hospital “was cleared by the medical team as safe to do.” He added that precautions were taken, including using personal protective equipment, to protect Trump as well as White House officials and Secret Service agents.

Joe Biden’s campaign, meanwhile, said the Democratic presidential nominee again tested negative for coronavirus Sunday. The results come five days after Biden spent more than 90 minutes on the debate stage with Trump. Biden, who has taken a far more cautious approach to in-person events, had two negative tests on Friday.

For his part, Trump still faces questions about his health.

His doctors sidestepped questions on Sunday about exactly when Trump’s blood oxygen dropped — an episode they neglected to mention in multiple statements the day before — or whether lung scans showed any damage.

It was the second straight day of obfuscation from a White House already suffering from a credibility crisis. And it raised more doubts about whether the doctors treating the president were sharing accurate, timely information with