The coronavirus has kept us in its grip for over a year and a half now. Since the arrival of the coronavirus, dental practices are visited less often than usual. But did you know that the coronavirus has not only influenced our visit to the dentist, but also our daily rhythm in terms of eating, drinking, brushing teeth, and snacking? The ‘corona candy’, among other things, is causing a growing number of cavities.
Effect of corona lockdown on daily oral care of young children
In November 2020, a number of dentists and researchers already presented a study into the possible effects of the corona crisis on oral health behavior. This was especially the case during the lockdown period. A total of 120 parents of children aged 4 and 5 completed a digital questionnaire about their behavior with regard to their child’s oral health. The results of this study suggest that the corona lockdown has had an effect on the daily oral care of young children. The research showed that during the corona lockdown, no less than 26% of parents allow their children to skip brushing their teeth in the morning, 44% of parents let their children have sweets more often and 19% let their children drink sweet drinks more often. And that often comes with consequences.
Delayed dental visits, more cavities
According to Dentist Glendale, there had been fewer visitors in the practice in recent months. Now that the number of visitors is increasing again, many dentists discover cavities in their patients more often. According to the Patient Federation of the United States, more than one in ten people postpone a visit to the dentist because of the corona.
Also during the corona lockdown
Going to the dentist regularly is important, even during the corona lockdown. Any problems can be found and dealt with in a timely manner. A small hole can still be inhibited from growing further. If it is already a larger hole, there are far fewer options and a larger treatment is often needed.
Stay home, stay healthy and keep the rhythm!
At this time, health comes first. That’s why we all stay at home as much as possible. But you can lose your (day) rhythm as a result. To prevent this, it is first of all important to structure your day: for example, get up at the usual time and go to bed at the usual time. In addition, eat healthily and stay active as much as possible. Did you know that a healthy mouth also contributes to your overall health? It is therefore extra important to take good care of your teeth during this time.