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Oral Health Is Still Important During a Pandemic

November 6, 2020

We’re always talking about the importance of oral health as it relates to your overall health. And you might even remember a few blog posts discussing how it’s even more important to care for your smile amidst coronavirus lockdowns.

Well as it turns out, you guys have been taking that advice to heart.

In a recent study conducted by the Delta Dental Plans Association, 86% of Americans believe that maintaining good oral health is essential to healthy overall health throughout the pandemic. According to the study, “at-home oral care habits such as brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash remained positive during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Here are some of the study’s reported findings:

  • 77% -- the number of people who reported brushing their teeth according the ADA’s recommended 2 minutes, twice a day;
  • 45% -- the amount of people who are using mouthwash twice per day;
  • 38% -- the number of people flossing at least once per day, which is the recommended ADA guideline;
  • 35% -- those who reported flossing twice per day, indicating a commitment to maintain good oral hygiene at home;

When dental offices reopened, we encouraged you and your family to get in to see your dentist for cleanings and checkups. So, it’s exciting to see that another recent study from the Delta Dental Institute is reporting that 69% of Americans believe that the importance of preventative care outweighs the risk of putting off those visits!

If you haven’t scheduled an appointment with your dentist, make sure to do so as soon as possible. And to make sure you’re feeling prepared and as safe as possible, we’ve put together info on dental office safety, scheduling a visit, and more.

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