It is no longer news that the world is agog with a new kind of panic – the Corona Virus Disease aptly named COVID-19. In about one month of gaining global attention, this disease has directly or indirectly affected the financial markets, sporting activities and pretty much all forms of gatherings especially in countries where it has struck the hardest such as China and Italy.
It will not be the first time a disease of this magnitude is hitting the globe. Nearly two decades ago, in 2002, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) took the world by storm. 20 years later, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MES) would gain media attention in a similar fashion. But in 2020, the internet has expanded tremendously and so has social media and its powers. Hence, we hear it as it is happening.
How Do Dentists Come into the Picture?
From all we know, it is a respiratory condition that develops when a carrier of the virus passes it unto another through body fluids that make it into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth. The diseases has infected over 10 thousand people in Italy alone and the numbers are increasing every day. Many European countries have recorded a case or more with a good number of popular people catching the virus too. While nurses, lab scientists and public health professionals are tasked with the bulk of the work involved in curtailing the spread of this disease, dentists have an inconspicuous role to play too.
Think about it for a moment. Dentists deal with the human teeth, tongue and mouth in general. If you can, visit the dentist nearest to you to get an idea of what you just read. If you live in Northampton, a simple Google search with the terms “private dentist Northampton” will reveal a lot of options near you.
And you probably know that the human mouth is one of the three major places through which the corona virus can enter the body. Armed with this knowledge, it is common sense to note the following:
- Good dental hygiene by patients will keep the dentist safe
- Wear of protective masks and gloves will keep them further safe too
However, doctors of dentistry can help the population around them stay safe too. Two major means of doing this include creating awareness among their patients and prospective patients and employing preventive practices.
For areas where there is total lockdown due to this viral attack dentists can play their role by keeping their practices closed until further notice. But in areas where movement is not yet restricted, dentists might as well lead standard preventive practices like use of hand sanitizers that all incoming patients would get to use before entering the clinic. This will prove eve more effective in dental practices where the act of hand sanitization wasn’t previously a thing. “If my doctor is serious about hand sanitization, then corona virus disease is such a serious thing indeed” a patient will rationalize.
Again, keeping sanitary levels at a dental clinic at its possible highest level will help ensure that carriers of the virus who have not yet starting to show symptoms will very likely be unable to pass it to other people.