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Weekly Top 5: Vaccine debate rages; remedying unacceptable wait times

Aug. 13, 2021
There's been lots of discussion about dental professionals and mandatory vaccines. Read one noted opinion on the situation. Also: lessen patient wait times; tips for reducing stress.

Dental pros and the vaccine: Recently there's been a lot out there about recommended versus required COVID-19 vaccines for dental professionals. Here, the dean of the Rutgers School of Medicine in New Jersey says she’s “troubled” that dentists were absent from the list of health-care workers in her state who are mandated to get vaccinated.

In the news: Having patients rinse with a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution before each appointment was among the protocols added by the ADA early in the pandemic. But it seems some people are taking the practice into their own hands and using high-concentration hydrogen peroxide as a daily mouthwash and for soaking their toothbrushes.

Patient perspective: This dental professional says she “nearly lost it” after waiting 45 minutes to be seen at her doctor’s office and that the experience changed her perspective. She offers these tips on how to lessen patient wait times at your practice.

Personal and professional wellness: Dentistry's a demanding profession, and not remembering to put on your "oxygen mask" can drain you in all ways. Here’s how to channel your stress and focus on becoming a “well being.”

ICYMI: Will dental offices be forced to close again due to Delta? It’s the question on many dental pros’ minds right now. Amber Auger, MPH, RDH, stresses the importance of vaccination and protocols for keeping patients and offices safe.