“Coronavirus in India: Package for private dentists”

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In the wake of COVID 19 pandemic in India, the Private Dental Practitioners from all over the country request the Government of India to chalk out an exclusive economic package for the dental surgeons across India. The worst hit profession in this pandemic is Dentistry. The Dentists will not be able to work on patients for atleast 2-3 months after lifting of lockdown.

 Due to abundant presence of Corona virus in nasopharyngeal and salivary secretions, it would be impossible to treat the patients as 95%  dental procedures produce aerosols and this virus is known to transmit  through droplets.

Due to mushrooming of Dental colleges and over numbered Dental professionals, many clinics were running from hand to mouth. To this added the pandemic,  which increased  the plight of private  dental practitioners, who are completely dependent  on their income from the dental clinics  and are worst hit due to lockdown. The monthly expences such  as rent of the clinics, salary of the employees, house maintainence, pending bills and loans from the bank need to be taken care.

The most important thing to look into is as soon as lockdown is lifted, the public can start the work with mouth masks on, the shops will open, factories will start production, people can travel and everything will be on track but a dental surgeon can’t treat a patient with a patient’s having his mouth mask on. If any asymptomatic carrier walks in for dental treatment, then no level of precaution can stop splatter of saliva and aerosol production while scaling, cavity preparation with airotor, use of reduction handpiece or any other aerosol producing procedure is undertaken. The complete area of the clinic will get infected and will expose dentist, staff and all the patients to the risk of getting infected. Hence it would be very difficult for dentists to undertake any procedure in patient’s oral cavity for some months even after the lockdown is lifted. 

It is our earnest request that our Central government should take this as a special case for Dental practitioners amid Coronavirus in India and announce an exclusive economic package.