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.