Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 2 - 2021
Emerging Hardships and Future Challenges for the Dental Community Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic
Sheikh Haroon Shah1, Abdul Ahad Jamshed2, Ahmed Tariq2, Rehan Ahmad2, Sabeen Masood2* and Adil Ali Aziz2
1Assistant Professor, Liaquat National Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
2Altamash Institute of Dental Medicine, Karachi, Pakistan
*Corresponding Author: Sabeen Masood, Altamash Institute of Dental Medicine, Karachi, Pakistan.
Received: December 24, 2020; Published: January 27, 2021




Abstract

Objectives: To evaluate the emerging hardships and future challenges for the dental community amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Study Design: Descriptive cross-sectional study.

Place and Duration: This online survey addressed the emerging hardships and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on dental community and dental practices in Karachi. The study was carried from Mid-October 2020 till the Mid of November 2020.

Materials and Methods: A total of 100 dental professionals have participated in this study. A sample of 100 participants were selected by random sampling technique. A total of 100 forms were taken into consideration for this survey, but due to the restrictions of COVID-19, this was posted as an online form in various dental related forums. Participants were asked their age, gender and qualification and was recorded in the questionnaire along with the questions regarding covid-19.

Results: According to the results attained out of the 100 participants, 36% were males and 64% females.58% of dentists had their own private practice while only 34% were working in various public institutes. 94% of them were seen to be general dentists, with only 6% having specialized in a particular field. To minimize the risk of contracting the virus, 76% of the practices were working at minimum capacity. 86% of the practices were suffering economically due to decrease in patient flow, nevertheless, 72% of the participants still remained adamant on the fact that dentistry as a profession still has a viable future even if these circumstances remain.

Conclusion: Dental professionals are at a very high risk of getting exposed to the coronavirus from an asymptomatic patient. The finding of this study concluded that dental offices are among the highest risk for transmission of the COVID-19, having the potential to transmit the virus via routine dental procedures. Dental professionals should constantly update their knowledge and be aware of any impending infectious threats posed by such infectious diseases.

Keywords: Coronavirus; Novel Coronavirus; Covid-19; Hardships; Challenges

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Citation: Sabeen Masood., et al. “Emerging Hardships and Future Challenges for the Dental Community Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic”. EC Dental Science 20.2 (2021): 45-50.

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