Serving The Community During The COVID-19 Crisis: How Dentistry Is Leading The Way

June 16, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been compelled to pursue what matters most, which is the preservation of human life. With millions of people being ordered to stay at home, we realize how integral human connection is. Our families, friends, and communities have come to the forefront of our minds. Home community, online community, school community, work community—there is really no limit to the many ways that humans connect on a daily basis. All in all, community and communication are at the core of humanity.

One leader who has recently spoken out on behalf of his profession is Dr. Chad P. Gehani, president of the American Dental Association. He recently had a discussion with Chuck Cohen, managing director of Benco Dental, about the importance of community and how it plays a critical role in helping people everywhere.

Role of the ADA

Dr. Gehani started his professional career from humble beginnings. He began serving his local community as an endodontist in India. Eventually he worked his way to America, eventually leading the ADA, so the spirit of service to the community has long been with him. With the lockdowns still in effect, he had to make the decision whether or not to keep his dental offices open for emergency procedures. This decision was made to find a balance between protecting the community while also safeguarding the hospital community from being overwhelmed with dental care patients who might be infected by COVID-19.

As clinic doors in the US begin to open up, Dr. Gehani and the ADA are looking forward to future solutions of how to prepare the dental community to reopen while taking into account the necessary precautions of “the new normal.”

Current State of Public Health

While COVID-19 may have caused operations to come to a standstill in the US, leaders like Dr. Gehani and others at the ADA are discussing how operations can reopen responsibly. The dental practice is not immune to the universal truth that all communities are facing at the moment. Change is inevitable. And since change is required for any community to grow, the required changes are being addressed for the betterment of the community as a whole.

The US, like other countries, is opening on a state by state basis, largely under the guidance of local government initiatives. A few states actually began reopening as early as late April, with others following suit earlier this month. New York, the state that was most heavily impacted, and a few surrounding states are holding off until a bit later. Overall though, it is heartening to see communities stand strong together and families and communities will hopefully come out of this ordeal even stronger than before.

Common Goals: Public Health and Working Together

The common goal of the ADA and the entire dental industry is to serve the community.  Dr. Gehani and the ADA have made this crystal clear. While some people have raised concerns about the safety of reopening, the fact of the matter is that even absent a pandemic, we don’t live in a perfectly safe world.

Dr. Gehani shared his experience practicing dentistry during the HIV/AIDS crisis. At that time, they did not have the quality of gloves and protective gear that we have today.  However, dentistry adjusted to that crisis, and it will adjust to this one as well. The ADA has made it abundantly clear that their patients’ safety and health are always of the utmost concern.

Help When You Need It

Although many are trying to find their way forward in the “new normal,” Benco Dental is already paving the way to ensure a brighter future for the dental industry. We understand the steps that are required to take on the challenge, and are looking to help you in that transition, too. Talk to your Friendly Benco Rep or call 1-800-GO-BENCO to discuss solutions that are now available, and which ones might be right for you. There’s no cost, and you might discover new options for moving forward confidently for your practice in service of the patient population.