The (ADA) strongly disagrees with sentiments that patients should postpone their dental appointments during this pandemic. In July the Washington Post article also urged the public to maintain their dental appointments throughout the pandemic. When you neglect your oral health, you leave your body vulnerable.
Think of your mouth as the gateway to the rest of your body. For example, gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and many other systemic illnesses. A chronic foul odor wafting from your mouth could be a sign of acid reflux, while periodontitis can lead to premature births or pregnancy complications. In a time when our well-being is the crux of many of our worries and fears, this is not the time to avoid preventative and proactive appointments, like dental visits.