I recently read an article posted by the New York Times and it stated that people with jobs that put them in physical contact with many others are at the greatest risk of becoming sick and dentistry was the on the top of the chart. How crazy is that? It makes sense though, how many of us have learned in school that aerosols will stay in the operatory for up to 30 minutes post procedure, how many of us take off our masks as soon as we finish our procedure and stay in the operatory? ME!
We need change. Dentistry is in high need better PPE and better air filtration within every practice. We are at the frontlines of transmission of this virus, we need to take better care of ourselves and our patients. I urge every provider to step up to the plate and tell your office that there needs to be a new protocol in place. It's time we step into a new type of dentistry going forward. Let's take this time to work together on research on how we can change the field.
Consider this a time to find out more about your own resilience and creativity. A time to become a minimalist when it comes to access to the things you’re used to having so easily.
Whether it’s being temporarily laid off work, being advised to stay at home, unable to do the important things that are part of your typical wellness routines, or are sick yourselves, it’s super important to maintain an optimistic attitude for greater things to come.
Lastly, I wanted to give a big shout out to all of the essential workers facing this virus head on. We love and appreciate all of you. Let's flatten this curve together!