How Can We Help? Dental Hygiene Instructor Provides Guidance in National Dental Hygiene Magazine
You may remember Jessica Fagan, Dental Hygiene instructor at Carrington College in Sacramento, who authored the piece in Dimensions of Dental Hygiene magazine discussing the popularity of different restorative materials. While she has a wealth of knowledge and insight as an educator and dental professional, she is also an advocate for the dental hygiene community. That is why her latest entry “How Can We Help?” provides guidance to dental professionals on how they can help their communities deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“First and foremost, follow your state’s guidelines on any shelter-in-place orders,” advised Fagan. “With many individuals not showing symptoms for up to 14 days, it is difficult to know who is infected.” This includes social distancing and other preventive actions.
Her second piece of advice in helping communities is to consider donations, which may come as a surprise to some of us who may not be as familiar with the typical dental office.
“Hospitals and healthcare facilities are running extremely low on personal protective equipment (PPE),” said Fagan. “As dental practices are currently closed in some areas, this puts us in a unique position to provide donations of PPE. This equipment includes gloves, disposable gowns, face shields, and various types of masks. If your office is in a position to donate, please contact your local hospital to see where you can bring your donations,” added Fagan.
This advice serves as a reminder that there are different ways we can help given the scarcity of resources. And while we’re in an unprecedented situation, please remember that many guidelines and recommendations are fluid. Information can change at any moment and it’s important to continue monitoring city, county, state and federal agencies.
Here is a link to her full article on Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.
Learn more about the Dental Hygiene program at Carrington College.