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ATTENDING THE
Dentist During
the Pandemic
Jonathan
Alexander Abt
2 Jonathan Alexander Abt
In January 2021, the UK entered its third
and strictest lockdown since the start of the
COVID-19 pandemic. Until at least the middle
of February 2021, all non-essential businesses
have been ordered to close. However, unlike
during the first lockdown, dental services
have been permitted to remain open, although
there are many restrictions in place.
ATTENDING THE
DENTIST DURING
THE PANDEMIC
3
Jonathan Alexander Abt
REMOTE TRIAGE
People are permitted to attend the den-
tist, but only with an appointment. Most
triage is being done remotely, so some
people may find they are unable to book
an appointment when they call. Risk as-
sessments are also being performed re-
motely prior to booking appointments.
SAFETY MEASURES
All dental surgeries are required to
have PPE and enforce social distancing,
the wearing of masks, and other health
and safety regulations. Patients are en-
couraged to make appointments only
for necessary treatments to help keep
themselves, the workers at their dental
practice and others as safe as possible.
CRITICAL WORKERS
Dental staff are classed by the govern-
ment as critical workers, meaning all
dentists and their staff are classified as
frontline workers.
Dental staff are
classed by the
government as
critical workers,
meaning all
dentists and their
staff are classified
as frontline workers.
JONATHAN ALEXANDER ABT
You can learn more about how the
dental profession has been affected
by the pandemic by visiting the blog
of Jonathan Alexander-Abt.

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Attending the Dentist During the Pandemic

  • 1. ATTENDING THE Dentist During the Pandemic Jonathan Alexander Abt
  • 2. 2 Jonathan Alexander Abt In January 2021, the UK entered its third and strictest lockdown since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Until at least the middle of February 2021, all non-essential businesses have been ordered to close. However, unlike during the first lockdown, dental services have been permitted to remain open, although there are many restrictions in place. ATTENDING THE DENTIST DURING THE PANDEMIC
  • 3. 3 Jonathan Alexander Abt REMOTE TRIAGE People are permitted to attend the den- tist, but only with an appointment. Most triage is being done remotely, so some people may find they are unable to book an appointment when they call. Risk as- sessments are also being performed re- motely prior to booking appointments. SAFETY MEASURES All dental surgeries are required to have PPE and enforce social distancing, the wearing of masks, and other health and safety regulations. Patients are en- couraged to make appointments only for necessary treatments to help keep themselves, the workers at their dental practice and others as safe as possible. CRITICAL WORKERS Dental staff are classed by the govern- ment as critical workers, meaning all dentists and their staff are classified as frontline workers. Dental staff are classed by the government as critical workers, meaning all dentists and their staff are classified as frontline workers.
  • 4. JONATHAN ALEXANDER ABT You can learn more about how the dental profession has been affected by the pandemic by visiting the blog of Jonathan Alexander-Abt.