Amidst the chaos of the coronavirus outbreak across the world health professionals such as dentists have been struggling to get a hold of surgical masks due to panic buying which seems to be especially prevalent in Australia. On March 24th it was announced by Health Minister Greg Hunt that 1.5 million masks have arrived in Australia and that they are expecting 54 million more by the end of April to help prevent further shortage which could see medical practices such as dentists close, leaving the service open only for emergency dentists. This intervention by the Australian federal government is absolutely essential as the Australian Dental Association (ADA) estimates that dental practices use roughly 9,500,000 masks a month. The reason for this extremely high number stems from the fact that dentists use new masks for each patient.
For as long as the federal government intervene most dental services will remain open for business across Australia including Civic Plaza Dental care near Guildford and the surrounding suburbs of Merrylands, Smithfield, Carramar and Yennora. Obviously in the event of a full lockdown dental services will close to reduce the risk of spreading the virus and flattening the curve of new COVID-19 cases. However, emergency dentists will still be available in hospitals and other public services to fulfill the urgent needs of patients with excruciating pain. Extra precautions have been made and will continue to be made as long as social distancing is practiced across millions of businesses. Businesses will have to adapt to the expectations and regulations set out by the government in the hopes of riding out the wave in the safest way possible. It is advised that if you are seeking dental care to evaluate the urgency and necessity of it at this time, cancellation or a reschedule should be considered. However, those who require urgent service should not be stressed as again, no matter what, emergency dentists will still be available for those who need.