Life of a dentist amid the pandemic

Last updated Aug 17, 2023

Last updated Aug 17, 2023

In a world full of problem seekers, be a problem solver! 

The pandemic has given dentists two options to either accept the new normal and bounce back harder or continue the rut and crib about uncertainties. The recently graduated doctors must be worried about their student loan or clinic EMIs, comorbidities would be bothering some senior established dentists from practicing. None were spared from the wrath of the global villain COVID19. 

Every dark cloud has silver lining

Similarly the pandemic too came with a few handful perks. Curious? Here we go:

1.Spending quality time with loved ones would have otherwise been a distant dream for busy

practitioners as most of them follow a 6 day work week culture. If not this pandemic, you would not be surprised that only Sundays, festivals or an annual outing were the time to cherish, ight?

2. Few dentists took this as an opportunity to develop a new skill or rediscover their old hobby.

3. Some clinicians are utilizing this time to hone their dental skills through various measures like 

reading multiple articles or journals, however, an unending break may break 

the economic foothold and dent the practices. 

Many recently started clinics with hefty debts & loans have closed their clinics or are in verge of 

closing, Remember these lines of Hellen Keller – 

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

My dear clinicians, the need of the hour is to adopt the new normal & adapt our practices

accordingly. Most of the clinicians took this as a golden opportunity by learning & unlearning a couple of things.

  • They have upgraded themselves and have modified their way of practicing in numerous
  • ways. Scrubs, PPE kit, Rubber dams or loupes are now a neighbourhood of each dental clinic. Hepa filters and similar other additions in the clinic are being done in the pandemic. Though these changes comes with additional cost, considering the safety and quality care which could be provided makes it all worthwhile.
  • By making our fraternity extremely proud, few chose the noble way of serving the covid patients.
  • Many of them who bore the brunt of the pandemic have learnt their lessons the hard way and have started their financial planning alongside creating an informant of income.
  • Some even got their entrepreneurial skills in use by providing covid supplies to the masses.
  • This truly shows that “necessity is the mother of invention.”
  • Creating online dental content, writing blogs, dental education material for patients, providing educational guidance to aspiring dentists have become a passion for some.
  • While some of them have adopted to work with Medical, scientific content writing showcasing their editorial skills

Few have brought the investor side out and commenced their journey in the Bull’s market. 

Lets come together fight this pandemic by taking every precaution & continue serving our

patients with nothing less than the best dental care. 

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Author Bio: Dr. Vidhi Bhanushali is the Co-Founder and Chief Dental Surgeon at scanO (formerly DentalDost). A recipient of the Pierre Fauchard International Merit Award, she is a holistic dentist who believes that everyone should have access to oral healthcare, irrespective of class and geography. She strongly believes that tele-dentistry is the way to achieve that. Dr. Vidhi has also spoken at various dental colleges, addressing the dental fraternity about dental services and innovations. She is a keen researcher and has published various papers on recent advances in dentistry.

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