In a Covid environment, how often should you see the dentist? At least every six months. There are those who are at greater risk for oral diseases and other related health issues that should have dental cleanings and check-ups more than twice a year, such as, diabetes, periodontal (gum) disease, possible heart disease, pregnancies and in rare instances alcohol and tobacco users.
Poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions may contribute to getting the virus. The virus is predominately respiratory and there is an abundance of evidence that your oral health is linked to your respiratory system. Some of the many factors that your dentist takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check-ups.
British researchers have found a link between poor oral hygiene and severity of COVID-19 disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. The study from researchers Victoria Sampson, from the dental practice 38 Devonshire Street, London, Nawar Kamona from the Centre for Nutrition Education & Lifestyle Management (CNELM), London and Ariane Sampson from Orthodontics, Cambridge University Hhospital Trust, United Kingdom collaborated to find the connection between the severity of the infection and poor oral hygiene. Their study titled, “Could there be a link between oral hygiene and the severity of SARS-CoV-2 infections?” was published in the latest issue of the journal British Dental Journal.
One of the real problems that has invaded oral healthcare are the restrictions placed on insurance coverage by insurers. You need to understand that insurance companies serve a self-interest in reducing the number to times you visit your dentist. Try not to let what your insurance covers be your benchmark for your healthcare.
Going on a regular basis will help to keep your oral health on track as well as detect any early problems such as periodontal disease, oral cancer or cavities. The best way to maintain good oral health is to visit your dentist on a regular basis coupled with brushing your teeth and drinking fluoridated water.
And like I always say ‘the best toothbrush is the one you use’. So please, if we can help feel free to call us.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD
Hanna Orland, DMD
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
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