A periodontist once told me that a good dental hygienist leaves behind around 15% of calculus after initial therapy. As a dental hygiene student, I failed to appreciate what these words implied. Now, 13 years later and amid task relocation in Dutch dentistry, I often think back to those words. Whether the percentage of calculus that is not removed is actually 15% I am not going to debate in this article, as it is not very relevant in this context. It is simply accepted that a dental hygienist does not remove all calculus during initial therapy.
LEIPZIG, Germany: Months after it was first detected in Wuhan, one of China’s largest cities, the effects of the ongoing coronavirus (since named SARS-CoV-2) outbreak are increasingly being felt across the globe. By 10 March 2020, 114,567 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease this coronavirus causes, have occurred across all continents outside of Antarctica, and 4,027 deaths have resulted from it. With the outbreak set to intensify over the coming weeks and months, it is time for an update on what the carry-over effects have been for the dental industry.