There is good news for dental patients who are obtaining routine and emergency care in dental offices.
Due to the conscientiousness of the overwhelming majority of dentists, a recent first study found that less than one percent of dentists, even though they are exposed as much or more than the general population to the easily transmissible virus, have developed COVID-19.
Another finding was that over 99 percent of 2,200 dentists are using the additional infection control procedures of screenings, and enhanced disinfection protocols. Almost all dentists (99.7%) in the ADA study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association "Estimating COVID-19 prevalence and infection control practices among US dentists" "reported disinfecting all equipment and surfaces that are commonly touched, checking staff members’ and patients’ temperatures, screening patients for COVID-19, encouraging distance between patients while waiting, and providing face masks to staff members."
The study which was published in the Journal of the American Dental Association also found that during the pandemic dentists reported a 66 percent lower incidence of major depressive disorder than the general population and a 25 percent lower incidence of generalized anxiety disorder. Most dentists reported that they did not gather in groups, attend public events, or share transportation, showing that they take the CDC recommendations seriously.
This study corroborates that the recommendations from the CDC help reduce the risk of developing infection during a dental office treatment visit or dental cleaning. Dentists are practicing safety first for their patients, employees, and their own benefit with good results.
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