Oral and dental health, which leads to a decrease in immunity if neglected, it’s even more important in pandemic conditions. Despite this, during the epidemic, only 25.6% of dental patients in Turkey went to the dentist, said Prof. Dr. Birkan Taha Özkan stated that 40.5% do not visit dental health centers on the grounds that it is risky.
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İSTANBUL (TR) – Many studies conducted around the world show that oral and dental health play an important role in the human body’s resistance to coronavirus. However, the rates of contacting a dentist of patients experiencing oral and dental health problems in Turkey are quite low. Oral, dental and maxillofacial surgery specialist Prof. Dr. Birkan Taha Özkan, according to the survey study entitled “Evaluation of Oral Health Information, attitudes and behavior through the COVID-19 outbreak” published in Meandros Medical Journal, noted that 3 out of every 4 dental patients did not go to the doctor during the pandemic. In the study, 58.3% of those who did not want to go to the doctor’s office said they did not want to leave home because of the virus. 44.8% of patients said they feared getting an infection during dental treatment, while 40.5% thought oral and dental health centers were at risk.
Proven sterilization and disinfection methods should be used
Emphasizing the rightness of reservations, the professor mentioned the measures to be taken Dr. Birkan Taha Özkan “ ” both patients and those working in the oral and dental health sector are among the high risk groups. As a matter of fact, during dental treatment and dental jaw operations, it is necessary to work face-to-face and at close distance. This, in turn, means that there is a high risk of transmission through droplets. With the increase in the number of cases within the scope of the pandemic, sterilization and disinfection methods in dental clinics and operating rooms began to be applied in a more systematic way with the support of technology. What is important here is whether the devices, solutions and methods used in sterilization and disinfection are applied within the framework of the standards of the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Union (EU),” he said.
Success of air disinfection depends on cold fogging device and quality of solutions
Every patient has the right to ask questions about the measures taken by clinics. Dr. Birkan Taha Özkan made suggestions that would make patients feel safe based on the practices he preferred in his own clinic. Ozkan said, ” We follow the World Health Organization on this issue, we use EU-certified products and equipment approved by them. Because our fight against coronavirus, an entity one percent of a millimeter in size, should also be at the micron level. At this point, the disinfection device used must be able to deliver the solution at the micron level into the air and the solution must also be able to neutralize the virus in the air, in addition, the solution must be human-friendly. The main issue that we pay attention to for this is that the cold fogging device that provides air disinfection and the disinfectant solution that we use have the necessary certificates and have successfully passed the tests of international independent organizations. As a matter of fact, scientific research shows that these solutions are very effective and environmentally friendly against 23 different families of viruses (including avian influenza (H5N1), HIV, Hepatitis B and C), bacteria and fungi. This means that if the disinfectant solution and application method used in conjunction with the technological equipment are professional enough, the results can be protective against the virus at the expected level. Therefore, it is of great importance that cold fogging device and disinfectant solution be preferred among the options whose effectiveness has been proven,” he said.