There are over 20,000 dentists and dental hygienists, along with their support teams who were deemed non-essential staff and have been out of work in Ontario since March 15th. This group of professional Health Care providers are experts in Infection Control protocols and have chain of Asepsis ingrained in them as a way of life. Not only that, they specialize in head and neck anatomy (which is where the COVID-19 testing is done!)
As we start to talk about relaxing the restrictions in Ontario, what seems to be lacking is clear directive and a plan that will give people the comfort to go out socially or to work in a safe manner making sure they protect those who are most vulnerable to the virus - the elder population and those who are immune compromised. Social distancing, and closing down non-essential services was never going to eradicate the virus - we need a vaccine and/or herd immunity for that.
What is the most important thing we can do to? Testing. How can we be part of the solution? Our 20,000+ dental practitioners to do the testing with the utilization of tele-medicince, reducing the work load on our front line medical personnel. What do we need? Availability to tests and training to perform the tests safely. In the US FDA has approved a number of antibody/antigen tests that allow for large number of people to be tested on a daily basis by healthcare professionals such as dentists and dental hygienists.
The Smile Room has always been a believer of the Oral-Systemic link. This proves to be an important time to make that connection. With some outside the box thinking we can bring Medicine and Dental together for the greater good.
If you want to be part of this solution, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-274-9569