'Can you just cut a hole in my mask?' (video)

July 29, 2020
Stacey L. Gividen, DDS, shares the story of a restorative patient who asked, "Can you just cut a hole in my mask?" It's time to talk about patient education.

A patient presented to Dr. Stacey Gividen's office for treatment of an occlusal filling on a premolar that had been diagnosed pre–COVID-19. When the patient asked, "Can you just cut a hole in my mask?" the opportunity for patient education became abundantly evident. 

Dr. Gividen, editorial co-director of Through the Loupes, believes the situation involving the COVID-19 pandemic is an important time to emphasize the connection between oral health and systemic health. Dentistry is absolutely essential, and patients need to be reminded that infection control protocols have been in place long before the advent of COVID-19.

Here is Dr. Stacey's take on the situation in this Through the Loupes video series.

Stacey L. Gividen, DDS, is in private practice in Hamilton, Montana. Dr. Gividen is the editorial co-director of Through the Loupes. She is a contributing author for DentistryIQPerio-Implant Advisory, and Dental Economics, and serves on the Dental Economics editorial advisory board. You may contact her at [email protected]

About the Author

Stacey L. Gividen, DDS

Stacey L. Gividen, DDS, a graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry, is in private practice in Montana. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Montana in the Anatomy and Physiology Department. Dr. Gividen has contributed to DentistryIQPerio-Implant Advisory, and Dental Economics. You may contact her at [email protected].