Skipped The Dentist During COVID? Here’s How to Avoid Gum Disease
Did you skip the dentist during the COVID pandemic? You are not alone – more than half of respondents to a survey say the COVID-19 pandemic has caused them to put off general dental check-ups, according to the American Association of Endodontists.
Skipping appointments puts you at risk for a wide variety of dental problems; skipping your dental cleanings puts you at risk for gum disease and its associated health issues. Gum disease increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes by two to three times, for example, and can increase your risk for other serious diseases – gum disease can even make you vulnerable to COVID-19 complications.
Clearly, it is essential to avoid gum disease, especially if the pandemic has prevented you from going to your regular dental appointments. Fortunately, dental offices have fully reopened and are providing care in a safe environment.
Solis Dental is a brand new facility in Hutto, TX. Our awesome team of dental professionals has advanced training in a variety of procedures. We use state-of-the-art-technology to provide comfortable, effective treatment for gum disease and other tooth and gum problems. We also exceed standards when it comes to keeping all of our patients and staff safe during COVID.
The Gum Disease / COVID Connection
Researchers are now discovering connections between COVID and other diseases, including gum disease. In fact, scientists have found a link between gum disease and a risk for severe complications from COVID.
The researchers looked at the medical records of 568 patients between February and July 2020, and grouped the patients according to whether or not the patients suffered severe complications, such as death, ICU admissions, or placement on a ventilator. The scientists also looked at dental x-rays in an effort to study the connection between severe gum disease, also known as periodontitis, and severe COVID complications. They found that patients with periodontitis had a higher risk of ICU admission, the need for assisted ventilation, and death.
The team of researchers believes inflammation is the link between gum disease and coronavirus infection. COVID can cause uncontrollable inflammation in the body; in some cases, this inflammation can lead to death. Gum disease can also cause inflammation in the mouth and elsewhere in the body.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease causes a number of warning signs, such as:
- Gums that bleed when you brush
- Gums that are tender, red, or swollen
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Gums that have pulled away from teeth to create pockets
- Loose or separating teeth
If you experience any of the above signs and symptoms of gum disease, make an appointment for periodontal treatment.
Treating Gum Disease
Regular brushing and flossing helps remove plaque, which is a sticky film that covers your teeth. Bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugar and carbohydrates in the food you eat; as they process sugar, the bacteria produce acid that irritates your gums. Left in place, plaque can form tartar, which is a very hard substance that is difficult to remove. Tartar accumulates on teeth to irritate gums even further. In time, irritated gums swell up and separate from the teeth to cause small pockets. Tartar, plaque, and bacteria fill these pockets.
While plaque is relatively easy to remove, tartar requires advanced treatment that only your dental team can provide. The experienced dental professionals at Solis Dental provide advanced treatments for gum disease. We can also get your dental health back on track after COVID.
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