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Charlotte dentist with child patients needs masks, PPE

After nearly 30 years as a Charlotte-area pediatric dentist, focusing on children with severe heart defects and other complex conditions, Dr. Meg Lochary long ago accepted the extra risks that come with their care.

But she’s still trying to comprehend how, in the midst of a pandemic, she’s reduced to protecting her young patients and herself by wearing a painter’s face mask donated by a sympathetic neighbor.

The gold standard in her profession are N95 respirator masks, but those are so scarce that Lochary says she has enough to safely practice for only two more weeks. That raises the stakes for patients who often can’t wait for treatment.

Many of Lochary’s child patients can’t have medical procedures, such as cardiac catheterizations, until they first get dental care to avoid infecting their cardiac tissue with bacteria from their mouths.

Medically compromised children generally have higher risks of dental decay because of

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Why you can’t get your teeth fixed in CA: Dentist need masks

In mid-March, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration appeared to throw a lifeline to thousands of dentists who were terrified they would have to close their offices, leaving cavities unfilled, cleanings unscheduled and dental diseases undetected.

As one of the most dangerous professions for catching airborne infections, the dentists were anxious to build a stockpile of personal protection equipment just like California’s hospitals were doing. State officials promised to deliver masks that would have helped dentists provide at least some level of basic services to patients.

“Per our phone conversation, the dental association will get 1 million N95s,” a California Department of Public Health official, Trang Nguyen, emailed to the California Dental Association, on March 13. “Please give me a confirmation later on your trucking arrangement.”

Richard Stapler, an association vice president, replied that four big rigs would arrive to pick up the masks from the state’s warehouse the following week. Stapler,

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Dentist creates 3D masks to fight coronavirus shortages

CUMMING, Ga. — A Georgia dentist spent the weekend brainstorming with friends that had a background in engineering and medicine to help fill the shortage of face masks for those on the front line.

Dr. Mark Causey runs a 3D capable orthodontic office that can scan patients and create full models of their teeth.

As dental offices close during the coronavirus outbreak, Causey has found a way to help the rest of the medical community. 

“There have been nurses in OR’s that have written my staff messages saying they were crying because they weren’t being given the proper equipment,” explains Causey.

He started by creating a 3D design for a mask that, when adding a filter and seal, can make potential substitutes for medical professionals. 

3D Printing Mask

Dr. Mark Causey

Causey has made over 80 in the past few days and says it’s “better than a bandanna, a scarf

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