A local family dentist says he’s not worried about a possible link between the coronovirus and the recent spike in dental work.
Family dentist Eden Prairie Moores said he’s never seen a spike in patients being treated at his family’s Coffey Park Family Dentistry, but that there is a high risk for the coronvirus spreading to patients.
“If it comes out that there’s a connection, then that’s a very good thing,” Moores told reporters Wednesday.
“But if there’s no connection, it doesn’t mean that we’re not doing the right thing, we’re just not doing it at the right time.”
The family’s practices in Coffey and Woodbury, Minnesota, are among more than 40 dental offices across the country that have seen an increase in patients.
A total of 12 people died from the coronatovirus in the United States on Wednesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday that the death toll for the month of September had surpassed 1,000, and it will reach 2,000 by the end of the week.
The number of new coronaviruses in the country rose to a record 7,917 on Wednesday, a week ahead of a peak in the numbers.
Dentists have long been at the center of the health care industry’s focus on infection control.
Moores, who has worked in the industry for 40 years, said he has never seen anything like this.
“We’re just waiting for the next scare, because we’re in the position of not knowing what is happening,” he said.
He said the new coronoviruses are “a big concern.”
Dentist Brian Larkin has been at Coffey for 33 years.
His office in Woodbury is the only one in the region where he has seen an uptick in patients seeking dental care.
Larkin said there is no link between coronaviral infection and the uptick in work.
He and other dentists said they will continue to do what they have always done: take care of patients.
Lakin said it’s hard to be a good dentist in the face of this new threat.
“I would hope that everyone can come together and take some responsibility for the way we are working, but it’s not that simple,” he told reporters.
“There’s no such thing as a perfect dentist.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.