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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 184  

Changes that will stay put


Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, DAV Dental College and Hospital, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, India

Date of Web Publication4-May-2021

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Nymphea Pandit
Department of Periodontology and Oral Implantology, DAV Dental College and Hospital, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_174_21

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Pandit N. Changes that will stay put. J Indian Soc Periodontol 2021;25:184

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Pandit N. Changes that will stay put. J Indian Soc Periodontol [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Dec 8];25:184. Available from: https://www.jisponline.com/text.asp?2021/25/3/184/315427




There has been a lot of discussion and required lifestyle changes surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Touching every aspect of our lives, dentistry being no exception is rather heavily affected. Saliva and Gingival Crevicular fluid have been documented to be important carriers of the corona virus and over the past year and a half, a lot of research and the subsequent improvisations have been introduced and maintained in the dental practice and as well as in our dental education methods. The digital mode of education as well as the enhancements in the business opportunities have become significant companions of the conventional modes and this era has forced everyone to shift to this method only. The inevitable shift into the digital mode of communication pushed everyone of us to strive to learn the technical nuances and acquire skills for flawless presentations and interactions related not only to education but also for the business aspect of our profession.

From a learning point of view, there was no restriction on the choice of speakers who could be recruited to deliver lectures to either the practitioners or the students. We could choose the best of experts from all around the world to share their experiences or views regarding a particular topic. Elimination of the cost of travelling meant that we could get the best of learning from the comfort of our homes also saving time which is required to travel to distant places for such lectures.

From a practitioner's aspect, the gap between the producer and the consumer of the dental products lessened. Now, there is also an increased freedom in the choice and availability of the commodities required by the practitioners. As we got well versed with this delivery system, it has become much easier and more practical along with reducing the price of setting up of shops and cutting the middleman's share from the total price of the product. Apart from this there has been an increased emphasis on sterilization during this phase and a forced and beneficial shift towards meticulous sterilization of both the operatory as well as the equipment.

On one side there has been a tremendous boon to the digital world which has really benefitted the business, but on the other side there are a lot of inadequacies in this mode of functioning. Online business has flourished a lot during these covid times, but academics has suffered in more than one ways. The transfer of knowledge is not complete without the physical presence of teacher with the students. The interaction, discussions and clearing of doubts is not perfect in an online mode of education and sometimes the interruption of the internet services adds to such woes. From the student point of view, the thrill of getting ready in the morning, having a bath and being presentable makes them more receptive to knowledge transfer from the teacher.

Along with this, conducting the Conferences and Conventions or Hands on courses is also dicey. Only the time will decide about the course of this epidemic and the associated feasibility of holding such events in a physical mode in the near future.

So of course, there are some changes like sterilization and proper barrier techniques along with the online purchase of goods and items for the dental use, which we should continue to practise. However, the learning of theory should be primarily on a classroom basis which of course should be augmented by the lectures from the worldwide experts by an online mode of webinars. This will widen and enhance the field of dentistry by taking advantage of both the online and offline modes of interactions.






 

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