Why ignoring your dentist during pandemic is a bad idea

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — During lockdown, routine dental visits were canceled. Now, some are paying the price.

Many fear going to the dentist during the pandemic, according to Dr. Marc Rothman, associate adjunct professor at Temple University’s School of Dental Medicine and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

“We’re seeing a lot of dental issues, concerning things that were missed or small that were present during the beginning of the pandemic, but because of the delay of treatment have now become rather more serious or in some cases, life threatening,” said Rothman.

He added that these stressful times are taking a huge toll on our teeth.

“People can damage their teeth through clenching and grinding, it happens quite often. But we’re seeing it at a much greater frequency since COVID started,” he explained.

He stressed that dentists are taking COVID-19 protocols quite seriously and there is

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