Although COVID-19 has sometimes made it hard to smile, neglecting dental care during the pandemic can be problematic.
Many dental offices closed during the early part of the pandemic and some people are still staying away. Other than in places where COVID-19 is spreading uncontrolled, you don’t want to skip visits to the dentist, as routine dental care helps prevent oral pain and untreated disease. For children, this is critical because by age five, nearly 50% of kids have at least one cavity. The American Dental Association recommends that during COVID-19 children and adults continue dental check-ups and cleanings.
Parents should get their children used to good oral care habits as early as possible, starting with wiping gums and introducing a toothbrush around age two.
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