Why Dentists Were Asked Not To Operate During Covid 19 Pandemic?

By April 30, 2020 No Comments

In an attempt to compact #Coronavirus / #Covid19 pandemic, many countries including the UK implemented a lockdown policy. The aim of the social distancing policy is to reduce virus transmission in the community.

While all parts of the health sectors were asked to be at the front lines to compact the virus spread, dentists asked to avoid face-to-face contacts with patients many of whom will need dental care. The service was limited to phone advice and referral to few special units in extreme cases. 

But what’s special about dentistry?

The answer is in the nature of dental procedures. Most performed daily dental procedures at the clinic produce splatters and bioaerosols. 

Bioaerosols are liquid and solid particles, very small in size about 50 microns or less in diameter.  Those bioaerosols are commonly contaminated with bacteria, viruses, fungi, often also with blood. They tend to stay suspended in air for hours and are capable of transmitting infectious diseases. 

Unfortunately, there is nothing a dental office can do to prevent the creation of bioaerosols

This put the patient and dental team at a greater risk for transmission of many infectious diseases especially Covid19 with constant exposure to such risky material. 

Indeed, this make the dental surgery as one of the highest risk categories for transmission and contraction of COVID-19. 

In order to reduce the spread of Covid-19, we are working hard on changing our routine dental practice including the following steps:

  • We are reviewing and updating many items we already have to reduce the contractions risk including our negative pressure instalment.
  • We are changing our PPE protocols to ensure maximum protection
  • Our daily booking schedule will also be changed to reflect the above. 

This is something you’ll notice on your coming visits when the lockdown is lifted. 

We will keep you updated with all changes to ensure that you are kept onboard with all actions undertaken to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our patients and dental team

Stay Safe

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