Agony at dentist’s as 10million visits delayed due to coronavirus

Patients face agonising waits for dental treatment after ten million appointments were delayed because of Covid.

The British Dental Association (BDA) warned that the waiting list backlog could take months to clear as campaigners said the crisis is disastrous for children’s oral health.

While most surgeries reopened last month, strict infection control rules mean they are restricted to just a handful of patients a day.

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The BDA now estimates more than ten million check-ups and treatments – such as fillings and root canal work – were put on hold during lockdown.

Even those patients lucky enough to get an appointment face charges of up to £40 for PPE on top of any treatment costs.

Health campaigners say the crisis could be particularly devastating for the oral health of children, with tooth extraction already the leading cause for hospital admissions in youngsters.

The lack of routine

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A Cosmetic Dentist Names the Best Way To Whiten Teeth

In our quest for a a gleaming smile, you’ve probably wondered whether at-home whitening strips are damaging your teeth and eroding enamel as they brighten. According to Michaela Tozzi, DMD, a dentist in Las Vegas who specializes in oral hygiene and cosmetic dentistry, you’re not alone. While there are a few exceptions, for most people, whitening strips are the best way to whiten your teeth if you choose the right product.

Before you buy, chat with the one who knows your teeth best. “Overall, your best bet is to check with your dentist before using whitening strips to avoid any future dental problems,” says Dr. Tozzi. “Patients with active decay or periodontal problems may want to avoid at-home whitening treatments, as they can cause extreme sensitivity in these cases.” Most people are generally okay to whiten their teeth at home, she says, but it’s best to ask your dentist for

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Is it safe to go to the dentist right now? Here’s what the experts are saying

For months after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US, dental offices around the country closed their doors. Now that many practices have reopened, the World Health Organization (WHO) is advising people to avoid routine, non-essential dental work until transmission rates drop more. 

“WHO advises that routine non-essential oral health care – which usually includes oral health check-ups, dental cleanings, and preventive care – be delayed until there has been sufficient reduction in COVID-19 transmission rates from community transmission to cluster cases,” the warning stated. “The same applies to aesthetic dental treatments. However, urgent or emergency oral health care interventions that are vital for preserving a person’s oral functioning, managing severe pain or securing quality of life should be provided.”

The guidance comes from growing concerns around coronavirus spread through tiny respiratory droplets or aerosols. 

“The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets. That’s what flies through the air when

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Judge rejects probation for Swansea dentist who committed fraud, sentences him to 366 days in prison | Law and order

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SWANSEA — A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a dentist to a year and a day in prison despite a request by both prosecutors and the dentist’s lawyer for probation.

Lawyers on both sides said Dr. Yun Sup “Andy” Kim cooperated with investigators, agreed to give up his medical license and paid back the $671,845 he had fraudulently billed.

But U.S. District Judge Staci M. Yandle said probation would not be appropriate or harsh enough to deter other medical professionals from committing fraud. Yandle, during a sentencing held in U.S. District Court in Benton, Illinois, and via video conference, said such a sentence would reinforce some people’s impression of white-collar crime and that “there are two separate justice systems, one for the privileged and one for the underprivileged.”

Kim falsely claimed to have filled cavities for more than 1,300 patients, over-billed for simple extractions,

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Emergency Dentist Phoenix AZ Now Open 24/7 in North Mountain Village Metroplex

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24-hour dentist emergency services for Phoenix AZ in the North Mountain Village neighborhoods of Metroplex, Melrose Gardens, Continental Metro, Melrose Gardens, Patio Hermosa and Lakeview.

Emergency Dental Service has announced its updated services for patients looking for 24-hour emergency dental treatment in Phoenix AZ and specifically the North Mountain Village neighborhoods of Metroplex, Melrose Gardens, Continental Metro, Melrose Gardens, Patio Hermosa and Lakeview as seen here

The updated services offer individuals the ability to find a dentist at any time of day with instant insurance verification and financing options available. Emergency Dental Service is also offering its discount dental plan where members can save 20%-60% on emergency dental procedures.

The company knows dental emergencies can happen at any time, and getting immediate treatment can help relieve a patient’s pain and prevent further

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What does a Bay Area dentist’s office look like during the COVID-19 pandemic? Take a tour here

Is your dentist’s office safe? That’s one of many questions we are asking ourselves as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take a tour inside a dentist’s office



The question is getting extra attention now that the World Health Organization cautioned against going for your routine dental checkups, but the California and American Dental Associations both strongly disagree with that warning.

So, what should you do about your check-up? Dr. Michael Wong in San Mateo says to find out what protocols and actions your dentist is taking to keep everyone safe. After taking a tour of Dr. Wong’s office, we found out he has a lot in place.

RELATED: Dental check-up safety debated amid COVID-19 pandemic

We first started with a look at where patients wait outside before they come in. Each patient texts when they arrive. Once inside, they sanitize their hands, put on

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Why A Trip To The Dentist Can Be Especially Expensive In Communities Hardest Hit By COVID-19 And Unemployment: LAist

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Even in a normal year, I try my best to avoid the dentist. It’s not just the physical pain, but the financial hit my bank account takes each visit.

With coronavirus raging through Southeast Los Angeles, the last place I wanted to be was in a dental chair in a Cudahy strip mall with my mouth uncovered and wide open. But that’s where I was Tuesday, staring at a wall painted like a pink princess castle, wondering how much money I was losing on this risky business.

It couldn’t be helped. I was in agony the entire weekend with a bad toothache so when Monday rolled around, I knew I needed medical attention. The problem

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Aging for Amateurs: During COVID-19, it’s still important to visit the dentist | Columnists

Four weeks ago, I wrote a column on places you won’t see me during the COVID-19 pandemic. One place that was conspicuously absent was the dentist. I hadn’t done enough research to comment on the issue of whether to seek dental care in this difficult time, but I believe I have now.

After reviewing the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites and talking with several local dentists, including my own family dentist, Dr. Keith Kirkland, I’m comfortable recommending regular visits for preventive care (cleaning and evaluation for tooth and gum problems) every six months, as usual.

Aging for Amateurs: Where you won’t see me during the pandemic

Of course, emergency care for dental trauma or severe pain is also recommended when needed. Talk to your dentist if you have particular concerns with visiting.

You will likely find your dentist’s office looking a little different to allow for social distancing in the waiting room and intake

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OPINION: All smiles as dentist fear is faced head-on

Up until a couple of years ago, I was not a regular visitor to the doctor.

In fact, you could say I virtually never went to see a GP.

But turning 50 seemed to put an end to that.

As you get older, the body starts to malfunction (for want of a better word), and such trips become somewhat unavoidable.

There is certainly nothing wrong with going to the doctor and, quite honestly, my GP is a fabulous bloke who loves a chat and always makes you feel at ease.

So at this stage, I’m pretty happy that I’m only on limited medication and get to catch up with him every few months or so.

Now, just when I thought things were running along hunky dory, all of a sudden I started getting toothaches.

Again, I’ve never had any trouble with my teeth, yet it would seem time is certainly

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Dentist office visits are rebounding despite coronavirus outbreaks

Dentists’ offices are reopening and working overtime, and dental suppliers are optimistic things are close to returning to normal after the coronavirus put the industry on ice for almost two months.

Why it matters: Cleaning teeth and filling cavities, by their nature, require close contact with the vessel that spreads the virus. That has some experts worried, and the World Health Organization this month advised people to delay routine dental care until COVID-19 transmission rates decline further.

Driving the news: Almost every part of the dental industry lost money and shed jobs during the lockdowns, but people are making appointments and buying products again.

  • Almost all dentist offices are open now. Revenues are still expected to fall by 40% this year.
  • Global dental supply sales at Henry Schein, a supply distributor, dropped 41% in the second quarter. But Henry Schein CFO Steven Paladino told investors this month that “in the
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