Why You Should Never Delay Your Dental Appointment (Even During COVID-19)
The pandemic has changed our lifestyles, especially the way we access dental care. According to a survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists, over 50% of people have put off their dental checkups due to uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19. The survey revealed that 32% of people said they have experienced a disruption in their regular dental hygiene habits during the pandemic. Considering how poor oral hygiene and delayed dental appointments can lead to various dental problems, do not let the pandemic take a toll on your oral health.
Why Dental Care Is Important, Even During COVID-19
The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist at least twice a year for regular cleaning and checkup. These routine appointments should never be considered optional, as they help:
- Address minor dental problems that might develop into major issues, requiring extensive treatment
- Detect signs of oral problems, including oral cancer.
- Remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and mouth, reducing the risk of decay and gum disease.
Why You Should Visit Your Dentist Even During Covid-19?
1. Healthy Mouth Means Healthy Body
Oral health is important for your overall health. Poor dental care can lead to severe health issues, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, pregnancy-related complications, and diabetes. Therefore, it is crucial to visit your dentist once in every six months to maintain optimal oral health.
2. Prevent Oral Complications
While regular dental checkups are essential for cleaning, screening, and monitoring existing and potential problems, they also help prevent other oral complications like a fractured tooth, tooth decay, gum disease, etc.
3. Identify Problems Early
A routine dental appointment identifies oral problems (tooth decay, cavity, and gum disease) early on, thus enabling timely treatment.
4. Prioritize Gum Health
Gum disease is an inflammatory condition in which your immune system is focused on healing the inflammation with no resources to fight coronavirus. Therefore, routine cleanings are essential to prevent gum disease. Though two professional cleanings are enough, people with gum disease may need three to four deep cleanings every year.
5. Prevent Oral Cancer
Though oral cancer is life-threatening, it is treatable in its early stages. During your dental visits, your dentist will check for signs of oral cancer, such as a growth or sore on your cheeks, lips, tongue, mouth floor, hard or soft palate, and throat.
5. Fix Dental Problems
It is never too late to fix your dental problems. Dentists offer various effective and budget-friendly solutions to fix or restore your chipped or cracked teeth, worn-down teeth, and missing teeth.
6. Flexible Timings
Scheduling dental appointments have become easier during COVID-19 as most of us are at home with fewer obligations and flexible work hours.
7. Restore Your Confidence
Fixing your dental problems and improving your smile is a great confidence booster.
What Dental Conditions Require Immediate Dentist Care
While staying home during COVID-19 is wise to minimize cross-infection, delaying your dentist appointment is not advisable. The following are some dental conditions that require immediate dental care:
- Biopsy of abnormal tissue
- Tooth or jaw bone pain
- Painful swelling in your mouth
- Pain or swelling resulting from gum infection
- Post-surgery treatments including, removal of stitches
- Wires and braces that hurt your cheek or gums
- Moderate to advanced teeth decay
It Is Safe to Visit Your Dentist!
At Smile Arizona Dentistry, we are following all the CDC and ADA guidelines to keep our patients safe during their emergency dental visits, including sanitizing high-contact areas/surfaces, staying at 6 feet distance, and wearing PPE, face masks, and gloves. Besides adhering to these guidelines, we have installed a Molekule Air Purification System at our facility to kill bacteria and viruses in the air.
FDA has approved Molekule for medical usage as it can capture, oxidize, and destroy airborne pollutants, especially viruses and bacteria. It keeps the air clean in critical care spaces, ensuring your safety and protection.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your routine oral care.