Dentists typically recommend that their patients come in once to twice a year for cleanings and examinations. However, with the COVID-19 outbreak, some people chose to avoid going outside as much as possible in order to protect themselves and their loved ones from this virus. If you count yourself among them, you should consider setting up an appointment to get your teeth taken care of as soon as possible. Here's why.
The Problem With Waiting
The first issue here is that your teeth and gums may be in need of help. Dentists don't arbitrarily choose when to set up an appointment with you. By coming in once to twice a year, your dentist can remove harmful tartar that can cause dental decay and gum disease. This tartar is impossible to remove at home, and unfortunately, it can develop in a short amount of time if any plaque remains after brushing and flossing your teeth.
Going in for a check-up is also necessary to ensure that your oral health is in good shape. Dentists examine your teeth and gums carefully and use x-rays to look at what's going on inside the teeth and under the surface of the gums. They also examine the other surfaces of your mouth, like your tongue and gums. Often, dentists are the first ones to identify problems in the mouth like viral infections or cancerous lesions, so it's important to be seen on a regular basis.
The good news is that when you do go, your dentist will be able to help fix up your gums and teeth to ensure that any damage that was done while you weren't going to the dentist is mitigated.
As for COVID-19, now is a great time to go to the dentist. To start, your dentist will be performing thorough cleanings of the office and treatment areas to help prevent the spread of any illnesses. Dentists and hygienists naturally wear masks, so this will also add an extra layer of protection for you.
The most important thing right now, though, is that many people are being vaccinated against COVID-19, especially medical workers. Even if you yourself aren't vaccinated, this will help to ensure that anyone you come into contact with at the dentist's office is healthy and can't spread the coronavirus to you.
If you've hesitated to have necessary medical treatments like dental cleanings performed during the last year, it's time to make up for lost time. Set up an appointment and get your teeth and gums healthy ASAP.