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The single most important factor in successfully defending a lawsuit or protecting a dentist from liability is good recordkeeping by the dentist. Legal concerns aside, good dental records also improve the quality and consistency of patient care.
Medication stewardship programs are important efforts by all frontline healthcare workers and are becoming more common in dental practices, as well. In dental practices, dentists should exercise particular caution when prescribing antibiotics and opioids.
Dental professionals have been on the frontlines during COVID-19, caring for others despite the difficulties they are also facing. It is vital that dentists take care of their mental health. Try the following resources and ideas to protect yourself emotionally during this incredibly stressful time.