It’s National Women’s Health Week, a good time to focus attention on the value of preventive care for women, including dental cleanings and examinations, Today reports. An ADA Health Policy Institute survey of dentists found that more than 70% said they had seen an increase in the number of patients experiencing teeth grinding and clenching during the pandemic, and ADA spokesperson Ruchi Sahota, D.D.S., said dentists are seeing new dental disease as well, as people return for care after postponing dental visits during the pandemic. Dr. Sahota said women should go to the dentist on a regular basis, and although the ideal frequency can vary from person to person, they should speak with their dentist about the ideal interval for them.
Dentistry is essential health care, with regular cleanings allowing a dentist to remove bacteria that sneaks its way underneath the gums and onto the bone, Sahota said. Problems in the mouth can also contribute to systemic health issues or may signal something larger going on with your overall health, she added.
Women should go to the dentist on a regular basis, though the ideal frequency can vary from person to person. It may be twice a year or more often. Sahota recommended asking your dentist about the ideal intervals.
“If you’ve skipped your checkup, go now. Hopefully, no damage is done,” she said. “(But) if we let a small cavity linger too long, it can result in pain, infection and even the loss of a tooth… going as soon as possible will help your dentist treat the cavity.”
Regular checkups can help prevent dental health problems or spot them early when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable.