- 41% have tried home remedies during lockdown to avoid seeing a dentist.
- Almost 1 in 10 admit they would consider removing a tooth themselves rather than see a dentist during the pandemic.
- 15% say they have asked their partner to check up on their dental health during lockdown.
- Expert tips on how to treat tooth ache from home.
Tooth be told: It was found that almost 1 in 5 Californians (18%) admit they would rather suffer in silence with tooth pain than visit a dentist during the pandemic. The data suggests that people’s fear of contracting Covid-19 is actually outweighing their general health concerns. While this may appear to be a protective measure during the current circumstances, if left unattended for too long, something you presume to be a mere tooth ache can develop into something far worse and require intensive, invasive (and expensive) dental procedures to correct.
Sweet tooth? With your family dentist being unavailable due to stay-at-home regulations over the past few months, and the likelihood that people have been consuming more comfort food, such as chocolate, candy and other sugary delights which contribute to tooth decay and cavities, it’s no wonder Californians are attempting to take their oral health into their own hands. In fact, 41% of respondents here admit they would definitely try at-home dental health remedies before paying a visit to the dentist during the pandemic.
If you have ever experienced the pain of an emerging wisdom tooth or toothache so bad you can’t eat, sleep or speak, you will certainly understand why nearly 1 in 10 people (7%) also say they would consider removing their tooth themselves rather than visit a dentist during the pandemic. Warning: this is definitely not recommended!
If you have been living with a partner during lockdown, you will know the importance of practicing good hygiene! Over 1 in 10 people (15%) say they have had to ask their partner to check up on their dental health while they have been living together during lockdown.
Additionally, having a little extra time to get ready in the morning when you’re working from home is never a bad thing. It seems many people have been using this to their advantage as over half (67%) say lockdown has encouraged them to spend more time on their dental health and hygiene. This could mean brushing more frequently or more thoroughly, focusing more on flossing at the end of each day, or even simply paying more attention to quality of dental products you are using. It’s never too late to develop more effective hygiene habits when it comes to your dental health.
Kathryn O’Brien of NextSmileDental.com, has provided 5 expert tips on home remedies for toothache.
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