Thankfully, my teeth are very healthy and I haven't had a cavity in 25 years. However, let me fully admit that I haven't been to the dentist since before the pandemic started in March.

So much for the 6-month cleaning and check up. Maybe I need a check-up from the neck up, but I'm squeamish about going right now. Of course they take extra precautions between patients, they always have even pre Covid-19. And I'm not fearful about living life right now. Naturally, I practice social distancing and wear a mask but I'm not looking around every corner with the thought that I'm about to get the virus. But a dentist visit still worries me.

Turns out I'm not alone. Forty-one percent of Mainers have delayed routine check-ups due to coronavirus fears. And because of this, Maine dentists fear a "tidal wave" of patients once it's safer to be in public because so many of us have delayed appointments.

The same survey from Next Smile Dental, says that the majority of parents admit their children have been eating more sugary things since last March. No comment. But running through my head right now is the sound of the hygienist saying "Have you been flossing" as she's scrapping and scrapping to get rid of plaque buildup. And I'm thinking when this is appointment is over I'm going to get a bag of candy.

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