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The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak on the Polish Dental Community’s Standards of Care—A Six-Month Retrospective Survey-Based Study

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Chair and Department of Dental Prosthetics, Pomeranian Medical University, 70-111 Szczecin, Poland
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Private Dental Practice, 68-200 Żary, Poland
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Department and Chair of Pathomorphology, Faculty of Medical Sciences in Zabrze, Medical University of Silesia, 40-752 Katowice, Poland
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Academic Editors: Guglielmo Campus, Fabrizio Pregliasco and Maria Grazia Cagetti
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(3), 1281; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031281
Received: 30 December 2020 / Revised: 22 January 2021 / Accepted: 25 January 2021 / Published: 31 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19: A Public Health Approach for Health Professionals)
Currently, SARS-CoV-2 is the primary pathogen worldwide, disrupting most of our everyday activities. The study aim was to evaluate its impact on the Polish dental community, standards of care, health, and welfare. Methods: A Google Forms survey was conducted among 303 dental practitioners. Results: Of respondents, 54.93% curbed the number of patients in the last six months, 34.21% declared no changes, and 10.86% reported an increase; whereas 70.7% of the respondents reported a treatment price increase within the same period (27.96% and 1.32% reported no changes and a decrease, respectively). Of the respondents, 15.5% did not close their businesses during the first wave of the pandemic. Most declared 1 or 2 month break, 30.7% and 34.7%, respectively. Some reported 3, 4, or 5 month breaks (15.84%, 1.32%, and 0.99%, respectively), and only two respondents (0.66%) did not admit patients at all. Headache episodes were more frequent among female dentists before the pandemic; after the pandemic, headache frequency increased among both sexes. Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) were more frequent among women (p = 0.017). Conclusions: Most Polish dentists followed SARS-CoV-2 recommendations and restricted their practices to admitting only patients with pain or incomplete treatment. Decreased sleep parameters, head, back, and neck pain, were observed. This situation may affect dental health conditions in Polish society over time. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; epidemiology; delivery of health care; dental care; community dentistry; Poland; infection transmission; dentist–patient COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; epidemiology; delivery of health care; dental care; community dentistry; Poland; infection transmission; dentist–patient
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Dalewski, B.; Palka, L.; Kiczmer, P.; Sobolewska, E. The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak on the Polish Dental Community’s Standards of Care—A Six-Month Retrospective Survey-Based Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1281. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031281

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Dalewski B, Palka L, Kiczmer P, Sobolewska E. The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak on the Polish Dental Community’s Standards of Care—A Six-Month Retrospective Survey-Based Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(3):1281. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031281

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