Dr. Phane, our resident expert on Covid related teeth issues

Dr. Phane and her dental assistant at Creating Smiles Dental

Dentists in the Tampa Bay area agree with Dr. Phane, of Creating Smiles Dental, that "clenching and grinding in the most stressful of times has caused a spike in cracked and broken teeth." 

The Tampa Bay Times interviewed Dr. Phong Phane about the effects of Covid-19 on dental health. This article titled "Tampa Bay Dentists say Pandemic has us Grinding our Teeth" was posted online on Saturday 9/26/2020 then re-printed in the Sunday paper. 

In the article, Dr. Phane was quoted multiple times. The first quote of hers informed the readers that our office normally saw cracked teeth possibly each week but that since re-opening to full dentistry after the initial emergency-only-dentistry, we are helping at least one patient a day with newly cracked teeth. Added stress seems to be the underlying factor. 

Dr. Phane coined the phrase, "Quarantine Gingivitis" further into the article in reference to the fact that people are not only out of normal daily routines, but that their normally scheduled preventative dental visits have also been interrupted. This leads to the swollen tender or even itchy gums. The frequency and quality of at-home self dental care are not what they were when the local residents were going into work. Luckily, this quarantine gingivitis is reversible and coming in to see us at Creating Smiles Dental can be just the thing to refresh these Tampa Bay area smiles. 

Some other tips as both cited in the article and from our dentists and hygienist: 

We are here to answer questions. We even offer tele-dentistry for free consultations as well as for many of your other needs. We want to help you prevent cracked teeth but we are here to fix them if needed. Read the article and give us a call! 

Tiffany Feger

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