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Cracked Teeth, Gross Gums- Increased Dental Problems During Pandemic


Coronavirus has completely transformed our lives. Things are very different from before. Even a regular dentist check-up has to be planned well in advance. Untimely and unhealthy eating habits and excessive and mindless drinking have acutely impacted our oral health during the pandemic. 

Due to the outbreak, many dental clinics were closed, and often dentists were only available for teleconsultation. However, with the easing lockdown norms and life returning to normal, dental clinics and dentists are experiencing a sudden surge in the patient numbers. 

Dentists see more cracked teeth complaints than ever before. Quarantine fatigue and excessive stress of work from home, have led to an increase in dental problems among patients. 

From swollen gums to cracked teeth, patients have been at the receiving end due to the pandemic. They are eagerly waiting to get treated at the earliest to get rid of their dental problems. 

Reasons for the Increase in Dental Health Problems 

Regular day routine has taken a backseat. Now there is no rush to head to the office or get ready to catch up with a friend over a coffee. During lockdown, shutdown, and quarantine, people have forgotten basic oral hygiene routines. 

Constant worrying, anxiety, protests, the country’s general state, and the global conditions stress people out about the future, causing dental issues like bruxism. Bruxing, or involuntarily grinding or clenching of teeth, can damage fillings and crowns and crack teeth. Stress affects our mental health, especially at night, which causes grinding of teeth, ultimately leading to cracked teeth. 

Other dental problems include:

  • Decreased routine cleaning due to the fear of the coronavirus outbreak 
  • Good habits like brushing and flossing are overlooked as social outings decline 
  • Tooth pain is being ignored as a dentist visit could turn catastrophic 
  • Gums are more inflamed due to improper brushing, usage of tobacco, and other food habits
  • Excessive alcohol drinking is linked to dental erosion, mainly due to alcohol’s high acidic content 

 
Dental Services Continue To Suffer 

Even though the dentists are claiming that their clinics are safe to visit and are open for business, patients are still not ready to take risks amidst the ongoing pandemic.
Many dental practices are facing economic and social challenges. Due to excessive care restrictions and shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), some dental clinics are heading to closing down, and many are reducing their hours of practice.

While dental practices continue to see fewer patients, DIY dentistry or home dental remedies are slowly performing better.

Teledentistry Is the Way Forward 

Coronavirus is shutting down many brick and mortar stores. At present, teledentistry (virtual dental visits) is useful for patients suffering from chronic dental issues. Teledentistry addresses dental problems and educates the community using live audio, real-time, and video technology. During this crisis, teledentistry enables patients to interact with dentists from any corner of the world, without risking exposure to the virus.

Measures to Mitigate Stress

Dentists suggest certain practices to relieve stress and improve oral health:

  • Use customized pillows and neck rests to ease pressure on the jaws and neck while sleeping
  • Cutting back on food items containing refined sugar
  • Not compromising on oral hygiene habits
  • Putting your tongue between your teeth while they are resting to prevent teeth clenching

What is a Dental Emergency

While x-rays and cosmetic problems can wait, dental emergencies in Des Moines are needed if you face any of these dental problems: 

  • Severe dental pain, swelling, or bleeding
  • Signs of tooth infection
  • Broken teeth and damaged tissue
  • Damaged or broken crowns, dentures, or braces
  • Post-surgery care
  • Cancer treatment

 It is not certain when dental services will resume and practices will be fully operative. Still, you can stay at home and take care of your oral health by following basic oral hygiene and virtually connecting to your dentist. Do not neglect your oral health by ignoring cracked or chipped teeth, gum problems, or other dental issues. Contact our West Des Moines dentist and schedule your appointment today in case of dental emergencies. 

Plaza Dental Group

Plaza Dental Group is a leading group of dentists in Des Moines, IA that provides high-quality dentistry in a comfortable and stress-free environment. We have a team of caring and highly-skilled professionals that uses state-of-the-art technology and delivers excellent service to the patients. Request an appointment today!

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Erika Sieren
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Amanda Godfrey
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Jessica Ford
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Rachel Hinrichs
My hygienist rocks, love Sarah. We have become friends through the years, she is just too sweet. But there are many great hygienists and Dr. Odland and his team took such good care of me when i broke my jaw and several teeth.
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Amanda Westerhold
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Breanna Bedford
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Alvin Lee
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Martina Walther
Martina Walther
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Jasenn Greiner
Jasenn Greiner
Dr Colin Odland is the best! He is very knowledgeable, patient, kind and makes sure you are doing ok as he works. I highly recommend him, especially patients that have had bad experiences with dentists in the past.
Debora Lynn
Debora Lynn
I just switched to Plaza because it’s closer to my work/home and I’d give them 100 stars if I could! My hygienist Talia had amazing attention to detail (and I’m known to be very particular) and Dr. Odland’s chairside manner was amazing. I don’t know why I didn’t come here sooner!
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Derek Zarn
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