Year : 2021 | Volume
: 25 | Issue : 3 | Page : 185-
COVID 19 pandemic: Economics and future of oral care
Harpreet Singh Grover
Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Chief Consultant, Dr. Grover's Dental Clinic, J-9/48 (Second Floor), Rajouri Garden, New Delhi - 110 027, India
Harpreet Singh Grover
Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Chief Consultant, Dr. Grover's Dental Clinic, J-9/48 (Second Floor), Rajouri Garden, New Delhi - 110 027
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The unfolding of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is seriously testing the preparedness of the oral health care system apart from the general health care. While on one side the dental health care providers are grappling with the game plans for controlling or containing the disease, on the other regular dental care services befitting the parameters defining Oral Health Quality of Life also need to be provided.
Although in the name of strategies a lot of rhetoric, hearsay and half truths are doing the rounds yet there is no denying the fact that skills, hygiene, training and overall infrastructure needs to be all geared up to challenge head on a potential gush of cases and all this requires a much enhanced investment.
The pandemic should rightfully have stirred the long in slumber policymakers to open their beady eyes and pay serious amount of attention for adequate and appropriate protection to oral health sector to tide over such unforeseen calamities because for many it is directly a matter of livelihood and sustenance. Shrinking household incomes have further complicated this already complex equation involving health and well-being. Strengthening oral health care by providing subsidies, insurances, tax- benefits both to the care providers and patient community needs to finally get off the ground.
Also, in the present times all eyes and resources are focused on general health and oral health delivery services are greatly deprioritized. This neglect can bring the oral health systems not only on the brink of collapse but also threatens to jeopardize future progress for prevention and control of dental and periodontal diseases with most future research shifting to COVID-19 related activities.
As cases continue to mount, time has come for a fairer and equitable redistribution of health resources. A well co-ordinated, comprehensive, wholesome plan, both short and long term is the need of the hour, so that contemporary dental practices remain viable and worthwhile. A dedicated approach in this direction by the government, economists, policy makers, industry and stake holders like doctors, medical educators, scientists, regulatory bodies and professional societies shall be most welcoming and may well rejuvenate the profession even during the pandemic times.