Published time:15 February 2020
Authors: Huaqiu Guo, Yin Zhou, Xiaoqiang Liu, Jianguo Tan
Keywords: COVID-19, Epidemics, Dental care, Emergencies
To assess how the current COVID-19 epidemic influencedpeoples’ utilization of emergency dental services in Beijing, China.
The first-visit patients seeking emergency dental services before or at the beginningof the COVID-19 epidemic were retrieved. Their demographic characteristics and the reasonsfor visiting were recorded and analyzed.
There were 2,537 patients involved in this study. Thirty-eight percent fewer patientsvisited the dental urgency at the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic than before. The distri-bution of dental problems has changed significantly. The proportion of dental and oral infec-tion raised from 51.0% of pre-COVID-19 to 71.9% during COVID-19, and dental traumadecreased from 14.2% to 10.5%. Meanwhile, the non-urgency cases reduced to three-tenthsof pre-COVID-19.
Within the limitation of this study, the COVID-19 epidemic had a strong influenceon the utilization of emergency dental services.
The impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the utilization of emergency dental services