Pandemic Lessons Learned
What a year 2020 is turning out to be! We've had a few pandemics over the last 100 years and have always made it through them. I remember when I first came out of dental school, the AIDS epidemic hit. Dentistry was quick to respond to the crisis by implementing strict infection control protocol much better than regular doctors in their own clinics. Masks, gloves, protective eyewear, gowns, and hospital grade sterilization, etc became the new normal. Dentistry has always stayed ahead of the curve and has been a safe environment ever since the days prior known as the "wet finger dentist" days.
When this current pandemic hit, we were alrady prepared to prevent the spread of the virus and, to date, not one case has been tracked back to a dental office in all the world. It is comforting to know that our PPE gear is protecting us and our patients. Another lesson learned is when the Governor shut us down for 2 months, allowing us to only see emergencies, we noticed afterwards an uptick in the problems caused by lack of care and maintenance. Many people had to put off coming in and some got infections, lost teeth, or had to go get root canals. We learned the bigger lesson that closing the economy has disastrous effects on people's livelihood, health and well being. Now that we are back to work, our patients are so appreciative of the care we provide them and how needed it is. It is so important to maintain a positive, healthy outlook as we navigate through these difficult times.