One of the reasons why COVID has impacted personal wellness is due to the fact that patients have delayed many of their visits to medical and dental professionals due to fear of contracting the virus.
Some patients struggled to get a dental appointment for themselves and their children when the pandemic first began. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy requires extra care if you struggle to see a dentist during COVID.
Toothaches, cavities, and bleeding gums can interrupt your day-to-day activities. But maintaining good oral hygiene during the pandemic matters for more reasons than simply avoiding discomfort. Poor oral hygiene can impact your overall health, from pregnancy complications, coronary heart disease, diabetes and much more.
Taking care of your teeth at home starts with choosing healthier snacks, practicing better eating habits, brushing, and flossing your teeth regularly. Reduce your intake of sugar and always stay hydrated. Remember to wash your hands before you brush and floss. Not keeping up with other forms of hygiene while managing your oral health could lead to a negative overall health outcome as well. Keeping your bathroom clean, changing your toothbrush regularly and not sharing your toothbrush will help prevent the spread of COVID-19. One of the worst things you can do for your overall health is to use tobacco in any form. Using tobacco at any age, or if you start up old habits due to the stress of the pandemic, your medical and oral health will suffer. Oral healthcare is no less important now than it was before the pandemic. It is important to get back in the habit of regular cleanings and check-ups no matter your age.
Fordland Clinic providers believe prevention is the key to maintaining good overall health. Scheduling those annual medical and dental checkups is key to living your best life. Fordland Clinic’s highest priority is to provide a positive experience from entrance to exit for each of our patients. Offering family practice, dental and behavioral health with a variety of providers to meet our patients’ needs – doctors, nurse practitioners, and dentists and hygienists along with social workers and community health workers. Our goal is to provide access to quality healthcare for everyone, helping to remove any barriers to care that our patients might face.
We offer three locations to better serve you for all your medical, dental, and behavioral health needs.
Fordland, MO 417-767-2273
Kimberling City, MO 417-739-1995
Springfield, MO 417-767-2273