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Covid-19 Situation

What is  Covid-19?

As most of us will be aware at present, COVID-19 is the name given to an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. 

Most commonly, infected persons display fever, fatigue and a dry cough. Initial symptoms are mild, some people do not even display any symptoms at all. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 80% recover from the illness without needing special treatment. 

However approximately 1 of every 6 people infected with Covid-19 become seriously ill and develop difficulty in breathing. 

The older population and those with at least 1 underlying medical condition are more like to develop serious illness. 

Covid-19 is a contagious disease which can spread if one breathes in droplets from a person who is infected (if they cough, sneeze or exhale). More commonly however, spread occurs when droplets expelled by an infected person land on surfaces. Other people can then get infected by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

What is  Covid-19?

As most of us will be aware at present, COVID-19 is the name given to an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. 

Most commonly, infected persons display fever, fatigue and a dry cough. Initial symptoms are mild, some people do not even display any symptoms at all. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 80% recover from the illness without needing special treatment. 

However approximately 1 of every 6 people infected with Covid-19 become seriously ill and develop difficulty in breathing. 

The older population and those with at least 1 underlying medical condition are more like to develop serious illness. 

Covid-19 is a contagious disease which can spread if one breathes in droplets from a person who is infected (if they cough, sneeze or exhale). More commonly however, spread occurs when droplets expelled by an infected person land on surfaces. Other people can then get infected by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

How does this affect your dental treatment?

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Subsequent to the announcement of the “Circuit Breaker” changes on 4 April 2020, to commence on 7 April 2020, the Ministry of Health set out guidelines as to how this should affect dental treatment during this period. 

While general dental practices across Singapore remain open and are considered essential services in Singapore, dental practitioners are advised to defer elective dental services/procedures and non-emergency dental care until otherwise instructed by the Ministry. 

What treatments can I do during this period?

Dental treatment provided during this time should be restricted to essential/urgent treatments only. This is generally defined as procedures, if not performed, would result in significant or rapid deterioration of a patient’s medical or dental condition and potentially threatening to their health and well-being.

Some examples include:

  • Toothaches 
  • Broken teeth 
  • Broken dentures/bridges 
  • Treatment of dental/oral trauma 
  • Gum pain
  • Gum/facial swellings 

While there are many other examples of essential/urgent treatment, the above list gives you an indication of what dental practitioners would consider to be emergency care in this time.

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Why are there restrictions on dental treatment?

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Dental facilities across Singapore are safe, sterile and ready to operate in this environment. Part of every dentist’s training involves a very thorough understanding of infection control and maintaining these standards while working in the oral environment. 

Hence, all dentists and dental clinics island-wide are extremely well equipped to treat our patients through a pandemic like Covid-19. 

That being said, the prime purpose of a “circuit breaker” is keeping as many people at home possible and reducing social interaction in our community. 

If, as a community we are able to isolate ourselves safely for this duration, we will be able to control the spread of Covid-19 and flatten the curve so to speak. 

It is for this reason, the dental profession must, along with others do its part in ensuring Singapore wins the fight against Covid-19 and our wonderful country can return to normalcy at the end of the circuit breaker period. 

All dental facilities in Singapore are constantly updated by the Ministry of Health and the Singapore Dental Association on the Covid-19 situation so we are in prime position to act in the best interests of our valued patients and staff members.