Another week, another piece of misinformation about dentistry is out there and ready for us to address.
On Thanksgiving Day, the New York Times published a piece about how teeth were mysteriously falling out of people’s mouths. Was it because of COVID-19? Some would say yes, but we in the dental industry know that there is much more to it than that.
There is a lot that has to happen in someone’s mouth for a tooth to fall out. It isn’t just one thing. It’s a cascade of problems, and to say it was COVID-19 only isn’t the entire truth. In fact, for those of us who know better, it’s a lazy take.
It’s time that you, me, and all of us in the dental industry rise up and educate people on the oral-systemic link. It’s time that we don’t just shrug our shoulders and say, “Well, it must have been COVID-19!”
There is much more to it than that, as Dr. David Rice shares in the video below.
Note on photo: “Dr. Alan Carr points out the broken root or bad root canal of a right rear molar (tooth), dental tool, orthodontist’s office, full jaw Xray, Factoria, Washington, USA” by Wonderlane is licensed with CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/