By Hanna Hanania, DDS, PS

We understand that these are difficult times for our patients.   As we navigate a “new” way of living during this pandemic, we must remember the importance of keeping up with your dental health.  Not doing so could lead to undetected and/or unexpected health issues.  Just like with our yearly physical examinations, it is equally as important to keep up with your oral health examinations. 

Putting this off now could cause teeth and gum diseases in the future.   Poor oral health could lead to periodontal gum disease which could be linked to chronic illnesses such as heart disease or diabetes.  We must remember, your mouth is the gateway to your health.  Studies have shown stress and anxiety has led to deteriorating oral health. 

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), medical professionals have reported an increase of 70% to stress related dental issues, most likely due to anxious jaw clenching and/or grinding of the teeth .   An increase of 53.4% of cracked teeth, and an increase of 29.7% in periodontal disease has also been reported.    

Let’s face it, 2020 was quite challenging for all of us.  Dental office visits dropped 62% between March and May of 2020.   This shows that many have not been in for their dental exams since before the Pandemic, putting them at risk for gum disease and/or other oral health issues. 

At the office of Dr. Hanna Hanania, D.D.S., your oral health remains our top priority.   Our goal to make sure proper oral hygiene and dental care is being maintained.  When was your last dental visit?  We are here for you and look forward to seeing you soon