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