Sam Low, DDS, begins his discussion with Dr. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz by reminding his peers of their importance. He believes that dentists do not promote their crucial role among their fellow health-care professionals often enough. Dental professionals practice with the oral-systemic link and overall health in mind, and this is especially true during the current pandemic.
Dr. Low discusses some of the oral complications related to COVID-19, as well as the hot topics of aerosols in the dental office and personal protective equipment. He believes that dental offices are and always have been some of the safest spaces for treatment. The profession has been well aware of proper infection control practices for many, many years.
He says that if dental professionals use proper PPE, use preprocedural rinses, and install a high evacuation system, they will remain safe during this pandemic and beyond.
He doesn't stop there. Find out what else Dr. Low shares in his discussion.
Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of DentistryIQ. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics.
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