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The Dentist and Coronavirus

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NanaPlenty Tue 17-Mar-20 07:42:13

I’m due to go for two fillings today which need re doing. I’m really scared seeing as Corona is so easily transmitted orally - I know the dentist is a professional but......other people in the waiting room, forms to fill etc. What does anyone else feel about this. Should you cancel if it’s not ‘urgent’

Esspee Tue 17-Mar-20 08:02:15

I am due a check up but have decided not to make an appointment. Same with the optician.
I have read the Imperial College report which the government is using and the predicted outcome of the outbreak makes very sobering reading.
(It actually reduced me to tears and I'm normally very hard headed)
Take care of yourselves everyone.

NanaPlenty Tue 17-Mar-20 08:06:41

Gosh Esspee you sound like I feel! Keep safe and well.

eazybee Tue 17-Mar-20 08:13:05

I would go to the dentist; if you need fillings they may get worse, and you don't want to suffer toothache and need an emergency appointment.
My dentist frequently wears a facemask, always gloves, and the surgery is swabbed regularly and spotlessly clean. Much more hygienic than the supermarket.
You could arrive in time for your appointment and wait outside rather than in the waiting room until summoned. When over, straight out.

Buffybee Tue 17-Mar-20 08:13:34

I'm part way through some private dental work and have an appointment tomorrow.
I am going.

NfkDumpling Tue 17-Mar-20 08:39:31

I’m going in an hour to have a temporary cap changed to a nice permanent one. His surgery is spotless and he’s very particular so I’m not concerned. Also he’s in a riskier position than me (and far from poor) so I figure that if he thinks its ok, then it is.

MrsEggy Tue 17-Mar-20 08:56:37

I went to the dentist yesterday. Only one other patient in the waiting room. Dentist told me he's had no instructions re closure so far. Had small filling so am glad that's dealt with.

travelsafar Tue 17-Mar-20 08:58:23

I would go too. Nothing worse than raging toothache, especially if further down the line surgeries are limited in opening or worse still closed!!!!

NanaPlenty Tue 17-Mar-20 09:26:46

Thanks everybody - it always helps to have others opinions - I’m definitely going to go, as you all say get it sorted now, I don’t want to risk problems later. Have a good day all, keep well, stay safe and let’s try and find some positivity x

sodapop Tue 17-Mar-20 12:46:00

I've been to the dentist this morning to get the penultimate fitting for new crowns. He fixed them to last for the foreseeable future as they are closing down for two months this afternoon. (France).