April with COVID-19: How Dentists Can Still Help?

 

So we're starting April 2020 under a stay-at-home order by our Ohio governor, compliments of COVID-19.  We're on week 3 of being closed. As many of us are still acclimating to the new normal. Here are some ways you can make a difference in the dentistry world. Dr. Stefano is president of the North Central Ohio Dental Society and here are some things that she's doing to help support the fight against COVID-19.

  1. Help Others: Donate masks, gowns, disinfectant wipes and  sanitizer. As of today, we've donated 200 masks to our local hospital. If each dental office did something it can add up to a big help!  Donate fabric to places that are making masks; volunteer calling church members to see how they are doing; offer to shop for those that cannot leave their homes or are in the high-risk category for COVID-19.
  2. Offer Teledentistry: We're mandated to only offer emergency care at this point. Patients can send photos via smartphones to their dentist, and we can evaluate and give guidance over the phone. Perhaps call in a prescription to manage and triage the situation until we can see you or refer you to a specialist if needed.  We can help you monitor symptoms and stay in touch with you.
  3. Finances: Take advantage of programs like SBA (Small Business Association) loans at sba.gov. Local banks- investigate options to potentially be able to help keep your team members employed.  Tax payments can be deferred,  and you can work with lenders to ask for deferred payments on other items as well.
  4. Communication: Reach out to team members and our patients   By a simple weekly email, a Facebook post or Instagram photo,  let people know you care.

Be well! Stay well!

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