When dental workers perform any procedure, just about every powered tool they use – anything that spins, buzzes or shoots air or water – can spray droplets of the patient’s saliva into the air. If the patient happens to have COVID-19, then the coronavirus will get sprayed into the air, too.
So, now dental workers are taking extra care to reduce the danger.
“I get very close with my suction,” says Lorraine Santos, a dental assistant in New Bedford. “The patient, even if they talk, things can get in the air.”