The Florida Dental Association, part of the ADA, sent out a news bulletin recently stating “no dentist, staff or dental patient has reported contracting the virus in the dental setting.”
Let me give you news from the front as my son is deep into is dental medicine residency program as a first responder at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan. His tales from the front are always fascinating to me as we face time and watch him eat take-out Indian food. (He eats at a snail’s pace, I wish he would just “curry” up.)
This just in: Dr. J. Jr. states that research is coming out supporting that dental offices are 100% safe. “The virus is not found in significant quantities in the aerosols that fly out of the mouth during dental work, powered by the water spray from the drills and ultrasonic hygiene instruments. The bad bugs of Covid 19 are mainly sprayed out from coughs and sneezes which bring up deep lung mucus. Once again, a mask saves the day again; proven by the enormous reduction in colds and flu as well as the decreasing trend in Covid cases in the South.
Delaying treatment or preventive care results in more expensive and extensive dental treatment.
If you are still squeamish about going for dental treatment, ask your dental office if they are using extraoral suction units; funnel shaped tubes placed near mouth to vacuum and filter away all the aerosol being sprayed while undergoing drilling or ultrasonic cleaning by the hygienist.
To see this in action, drop me an email and I will send you the video of my appearance on local news stations all over the country demonstrating this device.