Day: May 15, 2020

California dentist offices are reopening. Are they safe?

After nearly two months of shuttered offices or emergency-only work, California and Sacramento dentists are reopening this week to more patients.

That puts dental offices squarely on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic and poses serious questions for patients, dental employees and dentists:

How safe is a dental visit? What precautions are needed? Should some patients wait a few more weeks before going in?

Dental offices involve close contact that produces aerosol particles that can carry the virus. That said, both the state Department of Public Health and the California Dental Association last week signaled to dentists they can ramp up with patient loads, if they follow coronavirus-safety guidelines.

It means dental office visits are going to be notably different now than they were a few months ago. Here is at look at the issues and likely changes:

What are dental offices now allowed to do?

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How COVID-19 will change North Carolina dental practices

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Your next dental appointment will look and feel very different. That’s if you even choose to schedule a dentist appointment.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has changed everything about daily life. But the nature of dentistry — probing in people’s mouths, the high volume of patients seen daily, the potential for spreading germs through the air and on surfaces — has impacted that industry to an extent that a routine cleaning and exam night never be the same again, according to the head of North Carolina’s dental society.

While dentistry was considered an essential business under N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order, complications including the unprecedented demand for masks, face shields and gowns caused most dentists to cut services or close temporarily.

Figuring out how dentistry will look in the new normal worries some in the profession.

“We’re driving down a dark road and we don’t

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Process to Reopen Pennsylvania

Last updated: 8:30 a.m., May 12, 2020

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented event that has impacted every part of the globe. Pennsylvania has seen a similar unprecedented burden of COVID-19 and has taken equally unprecedented measures to save lives and reduce morbidity of the COVID-19 virus.

The commonwealth has responded aggressively to the spread of COVID-19, first by working to contain the virus through contact tracing and quarantines for residents who came in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus to slow sustained community spread. When sustained community spread was established, the commonwealth moved to mitigation efforts early in the response by issuing orders to close schools and non-life-sustaining businesses; and to restrict large gatherings. This decision to respond aggressively has proven to be an essential and effective measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately save an unrealized number of Pennsylvanians’ lives.

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