Arizona dentist sees uptick in 'corona cavities'

An Arizona dentist is seeing a rise in cavities, citing the COVID-19 pandemic delaying routine appointments, reports ABC affiliate KGUN-TV.

"We're seeing an uptick in what I call 'corona cavities,'" said Michael Allen, DMD, of Tucson, Ariz.-based Sabino Hills Family Dentistry.

Dr. Allen said the "corona cavities" are affecting patients he's treated for years who haven't previously had oral issues.

"Maybe it's because they stayed home a lot more and they tend to snack all day long when they're home," said Dr. Allen. "Maybe they've gotten lazy and depressed. A lot of people are depressed right now. And so the last thing they want to do is floss and brush their teeth."

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