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The full impact of the current pandemic might not come into focus for several years, but here's a look at some of the key changes to the industry following the AIDS pandemic of the 1908s and 1990s.
Today’s dental practice very likely looks different from how it did a year ago. In response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, dental practices changed schedules, modified clinical and operational workflows, and adopted new strategies and products to prevent infection.
These steps clearly made a difference: Although dental professionals work in one of the riskiest environments for the spread of infectious diseases, COVID-19 was not widely transmitted in dental settings. With multiple approved vaccines, the pandemic might be a less pressing concern later this year, but some of the changes in dental practices likely will be permanent industry shifts.
With this in mind, here’s a look back at 6 ways dentistry changed in the wake of the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s and ’90s.
These are some of the most noticeable ways the dental industry adapted to meet the challenges of the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s and early ’90s. Not every change adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic will stick around, but some will. For example, the industry’s new focus on aerosol risks and mitigation strategies is likely here to stay. Although change can be difficult, clinicians and patients are better off with every step practices take to make things safer.