Impact of the coronavirus on Dutch oral health care and practice

Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd. 2021 Apr;128(4):211-220. doi: 10.5177/ntvt.2021.04.20117.


Among dental hygienists and dentists in the Netherlands, the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on oral healthcare practices from March to July 2020 was investigated. Of the 1,700 healthcare providers approached, 433 completed questionnaires could be used. The results show that the pandemic has had a profound impact on both the accessibility of oral healthcare and on care provided in oral healthcare practices. Extra attention was paid to hygiene and infection prevention: the types of personal protective equipment and the protocols and procedures were adjusted by many oral healthcare providers. The confirmed prevalence of oral healthcare providers with COVID-19 in this study was 1.6%. However, testing was not available to all respondents with complaints during this initial period. Over half of the respondents estimated that even with additional measures there is an increased risk of infection to oral healthcare providers during their work. The efficacy of the various additional measures in oral healthcare practices related to COVID-19 is still unknown.

PMID:33890936 | DOI:10.5177/ntvt.2021.04.20117