When we started Toothbrushery.com, our goal was not only to provide quality oral health products to the masses, but also to provide help and assistance to those in need by providing oral health care supplies and dental treatment. While we hold steadfast in our commitments, we also understand that we live in a different world than what we were in only a few months ago. Rest assured that while we are still working hard to honor our customers orders, it is with a heavy heart and regret that our charitable giving be postponed at this time. What we would like to share with our immediate community is some guidance for dentists and COVID19 concerning dental care, procedures and dental visits during the COVID19 crisis.
Dentistry’s Response to COVID-19
The American Dental Association has recommended that dentists only see emergency and urgent care patients during the COVID-19 crisis, though there has been no official guidance from either the CDC, state or federal public health officials. The ADA has detailed approved procedures in their What Constitutes a Dental Emergency? document for dentists and COVID19, which in summary “are potentially life threatening and require immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding [or to] alleviate severe pain or infection”.
One major issue affecting the safety of both patients and doctors during the COVID-19 crisis is the lack of PPE, or personal protection equipment.Personal protection equipment refers to things like N-95 masks, gowns, gloves and other equipment that can protect medical workers and patients against the spread of respiratory pathogens like COVID-19. In California, the California Dental Association (CDA) recommends that in the event of an emergency, dental patients should be referred to a hospital emergency department if the dentist does not have the necessary PPE.
The ADA and CDA are making every effort to work with the CDC and state officials to develop a clear action plan to address dental issues as they arise during the COVID-19 crisis. As of March 20, 2020 there are still not clear guidelines from the state or federal government as to how the dental community or dental patients should be officially dealing with issues. One way to stay up to date is to follow the ADA Coronavirus Center for Dentists and CDA COVID-19 Info Center webpages.
Toothbrushery.com’s Response to Our Community
Locally, nationally and globally, we here at Toothbrushery.com want to stand with all of mankind to fight and prevent the spread of COVID-19. What is important in the world today is our health and safety, providing support to each other, practicing social distancing as recommended and protecting the most at-risk to this virus in order to collectively jump start the healing process. We believe not only in the power of the human spirit and our will to survive, but in the kindness and compassion we can show to one another. It is because of this compassion, as all of mankind stands together, that we have no doubt we will get through these trying times together. We will emerge on the other side, better and stronger than ever before.
With an unwavering respect for humanity and how fragile life can be, we will strive to get back to serving those who are less fortunate and deserving of assistance, and we hope that you can join us in our journey. To all those affected by this virus, from all of us at Toothbrushery.com, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you a speedy and healthy recovery. Please stay safe, be healthy, respect and be kind to others.