Dentist offices remain ‘extremely safe’ during coronavirus pandemic

Cesareo Contreras
 
| MetroWest Daily News

ASHLAND –  More than nine months into the coronavirus pandemic, many local businesses are still struggling to get by. But for Dr. Sandra Cove, who owns a dental office at 37 Main St., business has been great.  

“People are knocking the door down,” she said. 

The anxiety of the pandemic is weighing down on many. And that is often reflected on oral health, Cove said.

It’s not uncommon for Cove to see people around the holidays come in with problems, given the stress during this time of year. She is seeing patients with major dental issues at a rate she has never seen in her career. 

From cavities and inflamed gums to chipped and infected teeth, the issues are various.  

“We have this phenomenon in dentistry. Whenever people are under a lot of stress, a lot crazy things happen – a lot of root canals and broken teeth,” she said. “A lot of this stuff happens around Christmas time and Thanksgiving and it only lasts for a week or two, but this going on for six months, where every day, I must have two or three broken teeth due to stress or people gums are completely on fire because they are overreacting to the bacteria because their defenses are down.” 

Dr. MaryJane Hanlon, president of the Massachusetts Dental Society, said she isn’t surprised by number of patients Cove has seen with new and serious dental problems.  

“Sandra, I know, is very busy, and many practices are busy,” she said. “Some practices never slowed down. They saw a lot of emergency care. … The bottom line is that we are seeing a breakdown because people were very concerned about going to the dentist. ” 

While some dental offices are doing well, others have been hit hard.  

Hanlon is the dean of operations at Tufts University and manages all of the school’s clinical operations. Unlike Cove, she said she has seen a decline in the number of people visiting the clinic. Before the pandemic, the college would see around 600 people a day. Now they are seeing half of that. 

In June, the association conducted a survey to better understand how dental offices in the state were faring during the pandemic. The survey was taken by more than 400 dental practice owners. 

More than half of responders said they expect it to take between seven months to over a year to get the number of patients they had before the pandemic hit. 

Nearly 90% of dental practices are spending between $8 – $29 or greater per patient on personal protective equipment, according to survey. 

Moreover, more than half or respondents said the pandemic has cost their practice $225,000 in office upgrades and loss in patients. 

Cove said she thinks a big reason why people are coming to her office is because they feel reassured that the appropriate measures are in place to keep them safe from the coronavirus. 

After the start of pandemic in March, Cove

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WH communications director Farah says science office’s COVID statement was ‘poorly worded’

White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah clarified a White House statement regarding the coronavirus pandemic on “America’s Newsroom.”

The White House’s science policy office was criticized for listing “ending the COVID-19 pandemic” as one of President Trump’s accomplishments in a press release, which Farah said was “poorly worded.”

“Cases are still rising and we need the American public to remain vigilant,” she said. “This is the top priority of the president, defeating this virus and rebuilding our economy. But we are rounding the corner because we think that we will have a vaccine by the end of the year, and because of the president’s leadership, we expect that we’ll be able to massively deploy that on a large scale to as many as 100 million Americans by the end of the year.”

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The Office of Science and Technology Policy statement read: “From the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Administration has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease.”

As of Wednesday morning, the U.S. had reported more than 8,779,655 coronavirus cases and at least 226,722 deaths, as several areas of the country struggle to contain surging cases.

“Does the White House — the president — believe the virus has been defeated?” host Sandra Smith asked.

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“No, absolutely not,” Farah replied. “That was poorly worded. I think that the intent was to say that it is our goal to end the virus.”

She pointed to Trump’s leadership amid the pandemic, saying there will be more positive announcements coming soon from the White House.

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“We are rushing therapeutics. … We’ve got remdesivir on the market that people are able to use. We’ve got monoclonal antibodies. We’ve got steroids that are able to be used to treat the most vulnerable. We have massive testing and the ability to isolate cases,” Farah concluded. “We are in the best position to date to treat the virus than we have been at any time.”

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Cups for Dentist Offices

Dentist cups come in a variety of sizes from 1 oz to 10 oz. You can also choose from a variety of colors such as white, black, clear, and more. They come with different designs as well such as Dixie Sage. Dental cups typically come in bulk boxes of 1000 cups. Also, a dental office can choose between paper and plastic cups. Before you buy dentist cups, make sure that they are durable and have an embossed grip for better handling making them easier to dispense and hold. Economic value without compromised quality is the key.

Why is it important to have dentist cups around?

Dentist cups are important because every time you go to the dentist, the dentist ultimately asks you to gargle to clean up your mouth and spit into the CUP. Dentists also use small 1-2 ounce portion cups to store cleaner in while they clean your teeth.

Using disposable dentist cups is a great way to save time and effort because you do not have to wash them after they are used. You just simply throw them in the recycle bin and everything is set for you again. There is no need to wash, no detergent and no labor costs. This maintains a sanitary atmosphere at the local dentists office. My kids use spit cups at night before they go to bed. They fill it up, gargle with it, spit it back in the cup, pour it out and throw them away.

A disposable cup is designed for cheapness and economic value. The value of dentist cups is not for long term use but for short term convenience. It is only intended for single use. Paper cups are one of the disposable cups that dentist use and they are also environment friendly. They are widely used around the world and are more biodegradable than polystyrene cups. Paper cups are also used in hospitals for health reasons. So if you are Earth friendly you might want to use paper cups for your dental clinic and office. Plastic cups on the other hand are not as biodegradable as paper, but are typically cheaper, so a lot of dentists will choose this route as well.

Using disposable dentist cups also reduces the number of cross infection. That is why in health care they are encouraged to use as much disposable products as necessary to reduce the risk of spreading infections. Remember always to dispose of these items properly and do your part to keep our environment clean. And go to your dentist and have your teeth examined regularly.

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