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Interventions in Pediatric Dentistry: Open Access Journal

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The New Normal in Caring for Children in the Dental Office

Volume 5 - Issue 3

Arnold Weiss*

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    • Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, USA
    • Private practice of Pediatric Dentistry, Brookline, MA, USA

    *Corresponding author:Arnold Weiss DDS, MScD, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, USA

Received:January 04, 2021;   Published: January 12, 2021

DOI: 10.32474/IPDOAJ.2021.05.000212

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Abstract

The Coronavirus has thrown everyone for a loop. Families and children, people of all ages, and businesses have had to scramble for ways to deal with this unparalleled pandemic. Pediatric dental practices have been affected as much or even more losing most of our hands-on, face to face, fun approaches we take in connecting with children and their parents. In the past, we welcomed children into our reception areas to play, and to be around their families and other kids in a child friendly setting. Most, if not all of that, is gone. Families are checked in by phone; they fill out the paperwork and pay electronically; they are limited in coming into the office; they wait in their car. Parent and children cannot see the smiling faces of the administrative and clinical teams. We are anonymous. There are no games to play. There is no time to get adjusted to the office. All that stuff has been taken away because anything they can play with is a possible source of infection. We have to social distance They go directly from their cars to the treatment rooms and home. No high fives smiles and hugs.

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