Nearly a year ago, our world was forever changed as the novel COVID-19 virus spread into a global pandemic. Each month brought new guidelines, more information, and additional insight into the ramifications of the Coronavirus, including the surprising impact on patients’ oral health. Therefore, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of clenching and grinding your teeth in Frisco. Read on to learn more about COVID-19 on your oral health, how your dentist can help, and prevention tactics to implement today!
COVID-19 and Your Oral Health
In the last nine months, COVID-19 has impacted each and every person’s life in one way or another. However, early on, it became evident to dental teams just how much of a negative impact the stress from navigating life in a global pandemic was having on American’s teeth. In fact, more than half of the dentists polled by the American Dental Associated reported an increase in stress-related oral health conditions. More specifically, a 59.4% rise in bruxism, 53.4% rise in chipped and cracked teeth, 26.4% rinse in cavities, and 29.7% rise in periodontal disease.
How Your Dentist Can Help
When it comes to the condition of your teeth, gums, and overall oral health, your dentist is your greatest ally. In addition to conducting a thorough dental exam and professional cleaning every six months, they can provide you with a custom nightguard to protect your smile. Not only will this simple measure save you from spending thousands on cosmetic and restorative care in the future, but the appliances today are more discreet than ever. So, you can comfortably protect your smile from the unwanted repercussions of stress.
5 Preventive Tactics to Implement Today
As with most things in dentistry, prevention is paramount. Therefore, if you aren’t already, make sure to implement the below best practices:
- Wear your nightguard nightly
- Practice stress-relief throughout the day (i.e., meditation, deep breathing, etc.).
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss daily
- Visit your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning
Awareness of the issue is the first step and action is the next. Now that you know more about COVID-19 and its impact on your oral health, make sure to implement the above prevention tactics!
About the Practice
At Stonebriar Smile Design, the last thing we want is for the stress of the current pandemic to compromise your oral health or your beautiful smile. That is why Dr. Jill Wade, Dr. Kristi Moody, Dr. Jodi Danna, Dr. Dennis Abbott, and our entire team are united behind our mission to provide top-notch dental care and world-class service in a clean, sterile dental office. Whether you are overdue for your routine checkup and cleaning or are interested in nightguards in Frisco, don’t hesitate to visit our website or give us a call at 972-377-7800.