The pandemic was bad for our dental health. Here’s how we’re trying to fix that
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in numerous ways – and it appears that doesn’t exclude our teeth.
Oral health in this country has suffered in a potentially long-lasting way, an American Dental Association survey found last September. This was the case even before the winter surge of the virus.
More than a quarter of the dentists reported an increase in cavities and gum disease. Half reported seeing an increase in stress-related conditions among patients including teeth grinding, cracked and chipped teeth and symptoms of temporomandibular joint disfunctions like jaw pain.
Accessing dental care has also been difficult during the pandemic, according to a by a nonprofit research and advocacy group, due to six mission adults losing their dental insurance due to the pandemic and more than one in 10 delaying getting care due to a number of reasons.
It’s a good reminder that oral health is a big part of your overall well-being. Putting off dental care can have a big impact on everything from heart health to your respiratory system. Also, the dentist’s office is and always has been a safe and healthy environment, according to the American Dental Association.
Dental health linked to overall health
Here are some of the links oral health has to your body’s overall well-being:
Endocarditis. This infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves (endocardium) typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream.
Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
Pregnancy and birth complications. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
Pneumonia. Certain bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.
Dentist office remains safe
Here are the steps Guittard & Sierra Family Dentistry here in Atascadero has taken to ensure patients feel comfortable receiving dental care and also to make sure the most people possible have access to care.
We have always and will continue to strictly adhere to all health protocols set forth by federal and state officials, including the American Dental Association (ADA), California Department of Health and California State Dental Board.
We have always been obsessed over cleanliness and protection from infection. It’s even more of a priority now.
Lost dental insurance? No problem
Plus, if you’ve lost your insurance during the pandemic, we continue to offer our Dental Care Membership Plan.
For $299 (per person) per year, it’s perfect for those without insurance who want to maintain their dental health. It’s also great for families and can provide thousands in savings (it’s at least an $800 value) compared to paying for dental care out of pocket.
Here’s what it includes:
Two prophylactic hygiene visits.
Two re-care exams.
One set of diagnostic X-rays.
15% off preventative and restorative care.
10% off cosmetic procedures.
Questions about your dental care? Our team in Atascadero is a call or click away. We look forward to hearing from you!