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Dental Health During COVID-19

How can we prevent cavities and cracked teeth?

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In this article, we’ll investigate how COVID-19 has affected the general population’s dental health. Unfortunately, the coronavirus has not died down in 2021. The continual, unexpected spread of the disease has led to changes in our way of life. Meetings are rarely face-to-face and many people have been forced to telecommute during the pandemic. This has led to changes in eating habits and lifestyles, which affect our dental health. Today, we will talk about how dental health has changed due to the coronavirus.

COVID-19 and Dental Health

According to a February survey of Americans by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) in Chicago, Illinois, 31% of respondents said they ate more snacks after the coronavirus outbreak.

Since children are spending more time at home, they often eat snacks rather than regular meals. Additionally, adults snack more because they’re surrounded by snacks at home. This, of course, affects their dental health.

Oil from chips leaves a residue on the teeth, which forms plaque. The bacteria in the plaque turns the food acidic which corrodes the teeth. Also, snacks with a high starch content often get stuck between your teeth because of their high viscosity, which also causes tooth corrosion.

There is something else that has changed due to COVID-19. It’s the fact that there’s been an increase in cracked tooth syndrome (CTS). The symptoms of CTS are varied, but usually, there are fine cracks somewhere in the tooth, but no part of the tooth has chipped off yet. Interestingly, this has also been tied to the increase in the number of people working from home. Experts say that working in an uncomfortable position on the sofa or bed rather than working in a proper position leads to cracked tooth syndrome.

In addition, maintaining bad posture can stiffen the neck and shoulder muscles. This stimulates the subcranial joint where the lower jawbone and the temporal bone meet, leading to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Also, grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw while sleeping can also cause cracked tooth syndrome. Experts believe these conditions have become worse due to increased anxiety and stress caused by the prolonged coronavirus pandemic.

Researchers say that it is important to create a proper working environment in order to preserve your precious teeth and overcome the COVD-19 pandemic. You should buy chairs and desks that fit your body type and maintain the proper posture when working. Also, since the amount of activity decreases while working from home, you should move your body regularly and stretch your neck and shoulders frequently. In this way, you can also prevent spinal and joint diseases, not just CTS.

Lastly, in times like this when it’s hard to go out, self-care is even more important. Those with weak teeth should refrain from eating hard or tough foods so as to not break their teeth. Additionally, you can prevent cavities by drinking a lot of water and washing away germs and bacteria that build up in your mouth.

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