How Has the Global Pandemic Changed the Way You Practice?
I’ve always used universal precautions. I’ve switched to a full face shield instead of a half face shield and I’m NEVER going back. Should have been wearing a full shield all along!
As a healthcare provider, I strongly believe that oral health can affect the whole health of a human being. I strive to learn and research more about oral health science in order to help my clients achieve optimal health by supporting their immune system and educating them on the correlation between oral and systemic health. The pandemic also made me aware of the importance of self-care, such as meditating, practicing yoga, and staying physically active so I can give the best care to my patients!
Taking more time with clients, slowing it down a bit, booking at least 1.5 hours for each person. Independent practice (Expressions Dental Hygiene Clinic) allows this!
I spend more time educating my patients on the importance of regular/preventive dental care and reassuring them that they are safe in a dental setting.
I work in education and we have so much personal protective equipment: N95 masks, face shields, and gowns. Scrub caps have been a fun addition. Instead of requiring a specific cap, students can wear interesting designs such as teeth, rainbow, Harry Potter, etc. It makes the educational process more fun and the students and faculty get to express themselves a bit.
I take personal protective equipment more seriously. I wear a N95 mask, covered with a level 2 mask, face shield, and surgical cap with buttons. The elastic hooks on the buttons take the pressure off my ears.
I am more aware than ever how afraid my patients are of being sick. I take extra precautions just for them. I let them see everything I do so they feel safe.
I will always wear a face shield and implement high-volume evacuation when using an ultrasonic scaler. I used to take the germs we encounter on a daily basis as a necessary occupational hazard, but I have since realized there are ways to minimize our exposure.
From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. March 2022; 20(3)12.