The whole world today is going through a difficult period, but it is necessary to treat teeth during the epidemic of coronavirus. The main task at this time is the safety of both the patient and the dentist.
The best way for dentists to protect themselves and their patients from the spread of coronavirus is through basic, proven and effective infection control.
Dentists can follow standard precautions. Standard precautions are a group of measures for the prevention of infections, which include hand hygiene, the use of gloves, masks, eye protection and etiquette of respiratory hygiene, cough. In addition, thorough cleaning and disinfection of surfaces after each patient are crucial. For surfaces that are difficult to clean and disinfect, plastic barriers should be used.
Is there a risk
According to experts, coronavirus infection during a visit to the dentist is minimal. Patients are maximally protected since comprehensive protective and preventive measures are strictly adhered to in the medical facility.
COVID-19 is transmitted by airborne droplets from person to person. It is important to comply with the standards prescribed by the code of sanitary rules. So, it is recommended to use disposable tools or heat treat them. Thus, the possibility of contact of the biological fluids of different patients such as blood or saliva is completely excluded. In addition, all personnel is required to use personal protective equipment, in particular masks, hats, and gloves.
Better stay home
Despite this, doctors advise against visiting a dentist if the procedure is not urgent. If the tooth hurts, then you need to endure until it is possible, and only then consult a doctor. It is better to endure pain or to use painkillers. Since the risk of contracting coronavirus is much more dangerous than a regular toothache.
It is also worth refusing to visit a doctor in case of detecting symptoms of a cold. Symptoms of SARS, such as fever, chills, and headache, are consistent with those of COVID-19 coronavirus.
These days it is advisable to take all possible measures so that treatment is not needed outside the home. Therefore, try to take care of your mouth and teeth.
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