May 18, 2022

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Pandemic procrastination could cause problems

Dr. Rosie Roldan

While the volume of routine dental appointments has declined throughout the pandemic, risks for oral health problems have not. In my experience, I’ve seen a growing trend of serious oral hygiene problems such as gum disease, cavities and even infections over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people have put dental care on the back burner, and it’s putting their oral health at risk. 

To avoid these problems, we must recognize that our oral health is an important part of overall physical health. October is Dental Hygiene Month, and as a dentist and physician, I want to remind Floridians to be mindful of their dental hygiene habits and see a dentist regularly.

There is a connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body. Studies confirm a link between common oral health problems and other health complications, such as cardiovascular concerns, stroke, and increased risks during pregnancy.