Kids Health

Effects of Covid-19 Pandemic on Dental Health of Children

Nearly one-third of parents have confirmed that the Covid-19 pandemic has made distinctive changes in their children’s dental health. It has made it hard to find dental care, treatment, and plans during this period.

These results came out on the basis of a national poll by Michigan Medicine, trying to understand the effects of the pandemic on dental care. The effects of Covid-19 on dental health are more hardly felt by some specific families who faced problems accessing a dentist. Failure to get a dental appointment for children was three times more common for Medicaid covered individuals as compared to private coverage holders.

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These outcomes are based on the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

Children require preventive care to keep their teeth healthy and lower the risks of any dental problems i.e., dental decay. But these poll results highlight one of the neglected areas during the pandemic which has probably disrupted many families and exposed children to dental issues with respect to some insurance barriers.

Some parents who opted to continue their children’s dental checkup during the pandemic spent so many days, waiting for an appointment. Whole others went to see that the dental clinic is closed or taking only a few patients or urgent cases only.

Still these Mott Poll results have a silver lining as well. Every one in four parents share an improvement in their child’s dental health and cleaning habits during Covid-19 pandemic. It appears that children were more likely to take care of their dental health while staying at home as many parts of the country were in a lockdown for weeks.

This national representative report is determined on the basis of 1,882 responses, collected from parents who had at least one child between the ages three to eighteen.

The American Association of Pediatric Dentists advises all children to get a complete dental checkup and cleaning after six months, which starts from the day when they get their early teeth. These regular checkups will lower the chances of dental decay in children, offering them protective treatments and educate them on how to maintain a dental hygiene.

Due to Covid-19, almost all places including the dental clinics were affected, leading to a closure or facilitating limited patients only. While it was for the safety of public, it has caused troubles to so many families especially to the parents of young children who were worried about their dental health.

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Nearly 60% of the respondents from this poll share getting a preventive care plan for their children after the virus was first introduced to the country. Most of them worked on finding an appointment and were successful to get them, but 24% confirm experiencing a delay in appointments and 7% didn’t get any appointment for their children.  Every one in three parents reported that Covid-19 pandemic has made it hard to get the necessary dental care which their child/children needed.

Managing dental health of young children during the Covid-19 pandemic was no less than a challenge. But watching children taking care of dental hygiene is a promising thing and probably one of the very few good thing that this pandemic has taught them.

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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