Pandemic Taking Toll on Dental Health, Tips to Get Oral Hygiene Back On Track

We have all spent a lot more time at home this last year, and it’s apparently led some to relax their oral hygiene.Pandemic Taking Toll on Dental Health, Tips to Get Oral Hygiene Back On Track

In fact, a survey commissioned by the American Association of Endodontists revealed that more than half of Americans said the COVID-19 pandemic caused them to put off general dental checkups, which can lead to serious oral health problems.

People aren’t just skipping their checkups.

The survey also found that the pandemic is taking its toll on those working or studying remotely when it comes to changes to their daily dental hygiene routine. Significant findings include:

  • 31% were snacking more on sweets
  • 1 in 4 said they waited until later in the morning to brush their teeth, while 21% didn’t brush in the morning at all
  • 43% of millennials surveyed indicating that working from home or attending virtual classes from home led to disruptions to their usual dental hygiene habits during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

These poor dental habits make teeth more vulnerable to cracks and chips while eating, accidental trauma and decay.

It’s not too late to get your dental health back on track!

The four’s Xavier Hershovitz sat down with the president of  the American Association of Endodontists for some tips to take better care of your teeth.