The COVID-19 pandemic has caused quite a stir among the patients and the healthcare providers. While several healthcare providers have shifted their practice to telemedicine, others have taken necessary precautions to stop the spread of the virus. However, due to the nature of service, it is not always possible for dental care providers to offer telemedicine services. This has left people in a dilemma about whether to visit a dentist amidst this pandemic or not.
As of July 2020, no cases of COVID-19 were traced back to a dental practice. It is not a matter of surprise as dentists have expertise in infection control well before the virus outbreak. Now, they are following even stricter safety protocols. COVID-19 is not the first virus that dentists have faced during their practice. Depending on the number of years of practice, most of them have dealt with HIV, SARS, and bad influenza seasons. Dentists are already proactive about sanitization and can control infection in an optimized way to keep their patients safe.
Several precautions like social distancing, thorough disinfection of all shared surfaces after every use, mask and face covers, and good ventilation can be noticed whenever a patient visits a dentist’s office. Moreover, the American Dental Association (ADA) is constantly providing the dentists with the latest updates on infection control and the spread of the virus. According to research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), dentists, only after the bank and financial institutions, offer the best balance in providing essential services while eliminating the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
According to research, good oral health can help people reduce the threat from COVID-19. Dental decay and untreated gum disease can often result in other harmful conditions. Therefore, maintaining good oral health reduces such risks and helps maintain optimum immunity levels. Therefore, book an appointment with the dentist today, ask if all precautionary measures are taken, and go for an oral health checkup. It might be a great way to reduce the threat of the virus.