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Survey reveals how dentists are coping amid SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

By Dental Tribune International
May 20, 2020

CARY, N.C., U.S.: A recently released survey has investigated how dentists are managing their practices during the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in the U.S. The results provide an inside look at the current state of the dental industry, which is facing unprecedented challenges.

More than 1,000 dental practices across the U.S. participated in the survey conducted by dental supply company Net32. Of the respondents, 90% were owner-dentists, and they shared insights on their changing business practices, worries and needs. It was found that the majority of practices are open by appointment only (68%), while 20% are fully closed, leaving 12% of practices open for emergency care only. Of the practices that are fully closed, the reasons for closing included a state mandate (83%), COVID-19 risk to dental team (70%), lack of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE; 46%) and a federal recommendation (32%).

Practices are lacking protective equipment

A total of 90% of the surveyed dental offices stated that one of their greatest worries concerned procuring PPE and other supplies in order to get their practices up and running safely. Especially N95 face masks (75%), surgical face masks (50%), hand sanitizer (50%), disposable gloves (40%) and liquid sterilant (also 40%) have been difficult to come by.

Data illustrates struggle to maintain profitability

Additional key findings are that many dental practices (70%) have implemented layoffs, whereas 30% have retained all their staff. Only 11% of dental practices have retained all their staff at full pay. Dentists are planning to rely heavily on government assistance programs to help them get through the shutdown, while nearly half (46%) are dipping into their personal savings to save their practices. Of those practices that are seeking government assistance, almost all are applying to the Paycheck Protection Program, while many others are hoping to receive Economic Injury Disaster Loan advances.

Dr. Pat Cassidy, CEO and co-founder of Net32, said: “I wanted to hear how fellow dentists are navigating the unique business challenges we’re facing with the COVID-19 pandemic. These findings reveal important industry insights, which I hope will help dentists more confidently navigate their path forward.”

More details on the poll can be accessed here.

  1. OldDoug says:

    This is a horrendously silly article, to the point of it being nonsense. While an overall death rate of 0.26% sounds like a decent prediction to me (it’s actually the bottom end of my own predicted range of 0.26% – 0.6%), comparisons to the case fatality rate in these early times of the virus outbreak are ludicrous. Moreover, the article uses WHO statements from more than three months ago.

    Reply from Dental Tribune South Asia:
    Thank you for the feedback. Please read the addendum, where we have defined and separated the two different types of death rates -(1) Case Fatality Rate (CFR) that was published by WHO earlier and (2) Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) published recently by the CDC. Both are different statistics. The title itself makes the whole story clear.

  2. Diana Torres Rey says:

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  3. Fatima says:

    Thanks for this very informative update. We will do our best to tackle this part of fighting the pandamic.

  4. Carolyn Ramsay says:

    I had a dental appointment on 20 March. Then I has a call to say come on 19 March. This appointment was cancelled. I have now had a temporary bridge since then which is disintegrating. I have lost a filling due to having to eat only with back teeth. I have no bite at all, have to cut everything into small bits in order to eat. It is physically and mentally difficult that the dental surgery can do nothing. Even more, not to know when they will reopen. I know that my permanent bridge is at the surgery, ready. This delay in treatment is costing my dentist in the region of £1,000.
    In reply to Emma Jones comment. I have always attended my dentist regularly. Despite their best help,my teeth were never A1. With their help, I still have most of them, but it seems not for much longer!!!. I am in my 60’s.

  5. Dr pankaj savla says:

    What is the price for this? And how long those tubes last? When do we change and from where can we procure the tubes

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  8. Johny says:

    Those are FAKE INFO because they are based on MARCH 2020 prediction, and now we have June 2020.

    The real data are shown on CDC webpage and mortality rate is 5.81% you can can find on https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html

    Total Cases 1,827,425 – Total Deaths 106,202 – This gives 5.81% mortality rate.

    Please correct your data and stop spreading fake news.

    Reply from Dental Tribune South Asia:
    Thank you for the feedback. Please read the addendum, where we have defined and separated the two different types of death rates -(1) Case Fatality Rate (CFR) that was published by WHO earlier and (2) Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) published recently by the CDC. Both are different statistics. The title itself makes the whole story clear.

  9. Nikolas says:

    All of you suddenly not trusting this because of Trump need to seriously wake up. The CDC was never trustworthy. The numbers are overblown. The narrative has been thoroughly debunked. There isn’t even a test for C19, just RNA fragments. People dying having tested positive are listed as dying of C19 which is not accurate. There ARE nefarious purposes behind the narrative of fear. Stop wishing for bad news. Stop being afraid. The numbers are overblown. Financial incentives to diagnose and potentially incorrectly use ventilators should concern you. Nursing homes being virtually forced to infect their occupants should concern you. The numbers should not scare you. Trump should not be the one you mistrust. Please people, get a grip. If you mistrust the CDC now, you should have trusted it even less before! The fear kills people. The lockdowns kill and hurt people. Social distancing hurts us. This is not something to be afraid of and any potential vaccine should worry you more if you employ your critical thinking. For the first time ever the CDC had released suspicious instructions to medical professionals on how to fill out death certificates. I could go on and on. Just look at the average of the deceased. The sad part is the dignity they were denied.

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/high-consequence-infectious-diseases-hcid

    https://swprs.org/a-swiss-doctor-on-covid-19/

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/12-experts-questioning-coronavirus-panic/5707532

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zOjpUravdI

    https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/vaccinations/chronic-disease-a-study-of-vaccinated-and-unvaccinated-children/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBAvyq34_OI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoK6h4Mg7E8

    Reply from Dental Tribune South Asia:
    Thank you for the feedback. Please read the addendum, where we have defined and separated the two different types of death rates -(1) Case Fatality Rate (CFR) that was published by WHO earlier and (2) Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) published recently by the CDC. Both are different statistics. The title itself makes the whole story clear.

  10. Vidya Menon says:

    Thanks for giving the information with clarity in these chaotic times.It helped.

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