We all are aware of the fact that Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected our day to day lives, our businesses and is slowing down the global economy too. Know what is the “new normal” in dentistry.
According to WHO emergencies doctor, Michael Ryan, “The new coronavirus may never go away and populations around the world will have to learn to live with it”.
We have no idea when this situation is going to end, and this is the “New Normal”. We have to learn to live it.
Dentists are reopening their practices, because all the dental problems can’t be managed through tele consultation always. Dental care is sometimes urgent and dallying can make things worse. However, dental clinics are taking all the necessary precautions and safety measures within their clinic premises.
Dr. Nilay Bhatia, B.D.S, PGAD, is a renowned dentist in Gurgaon and a Principal dentist at Cosmodontist Dental and Implant Centre and a member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says dental pain is the worst of all pains and if not treated on time can lead to severe problems.
The Government of India has issued guidelines for dental professionals in COVID-19 pandemic situation. According to them, dentists, auxiliaries as well as patients undergoing dental procedures are at a higher risk of cross-infection. Most dental procedures require close contact with the patient’s oral cavity, saliva, blood and respiratory tract secretions. Saliva is rich in COVID-19 viral load. Therefore, it is suggested that all patients visiting a dental practice must be treated with due precaution. Source: www.mohfw.gov.in
Dental practices are following all the guidelines issued by the Govt. of India and here’s what you can expect when you visit any dentist post lockdown:
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives completely and it’s very unlikely to get the “old normal” back. We have to live with the current situation. Our focus should be to keep ourselves healthy as much as we can. New research by the Oral Health Foundation shows staying at home has led to more than one-in-three (38%) British adults increasing the amount of times they are snacking throughout the day. Snacking can have serious repercussions on our oral health. Whenever we eat or drink anything, plaque bacteria builds up in the mouth. And this produces acids that attack our teeth, causing tooth decay and or any other dental problems. Therefore, it’s necessary that you maintain and follow good oral care habits at home. For more information about new normal in dentistry you can refer to WHO website.