Maintaining oral health during COVID-19 and beyond


The COVID-19 pandemic’s significant impact on access to dental care is shaping national attitudes and behaviors toward dental treatment.

About 8 in 10 Americans report they’ll be comfortable visiting the dentist after Labor Day for non-emergency care. Clear communication from dental providers about office safety measures will help patients feel at ease when returning for dental services. For customers who still prefer to stay home and skip their exams, teledentistry remains an option that has seen an increase of nearly double during the pandemic.

The Importance of Dental Benefits

“Dental Benefits 2020: Maintaining oral health during COVID-19 and beyond,” shares our latest research on how the pandemic has influenced oral health care habits, attitudes toward teledentistry, and feelings about returning to the dentist. Our findings — on how patients accessed dental care during the pandemic, the types of treatment sought, telemedicine awareness and attitudes, and communications preferences — offer valuable insight into how oral health care practices can best support patients in the future.

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