Dentists are dying as they struggle to find jobs in Florida, reports Reuters
A growing number of dentists in Florida are dying of the flu, dentists are reporting, as the number of new infections among Florida dentists increases and more are turning to opioids to deal with chronic pain.
Dentists in the Sunshine State have been facing mounting challenges as the coronavirus crisis worsens and the number one cause of dental-related deaths has remained largely the same.
A recent study found that the number among dentists who have died from the coronave virus has risen from 6,200 to 8,400.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Michael Siegel, told Reuters that more than 30,000 people are expected to die of the virus in Florida by the end of 2020.
The problem has become so acute that the state is now working with its statewide coronaviruses coordinating service to create a national registry that will collect data on dental-associated deaths and prevent coronavireas from returning to Florida.
The problem, however, is not just limited to dentists.
Dentists in other states and Canada have also reported seeing more patients dying from the virus.
In 2017, the National Association of Dental Surgeons reported that more dentists were experiencing severe and life-threatening complications due to the virus than in any previous year, according to Reuters.
“Dentist patients have had to be hospitalized, have their jaws removed and have their teeth extracted for this to happen,” Dr. David Larkin, the association’s executive director, told the publication.
“These are very serious conditions.”
It’s estimated that more dental surgeons will need to be removed from practice to accommodate the rising number of coronavirospics.
Dr. Michael Larkin of the National Alliance of Dentists said dental surgeons in the United States are seeing more people dying of coronavevirus complications.
(Reuters photo: Joshua Roberts) “They’re getting sicker,” he said.
“They’re having to perform surgeries, which are very expensive, and are having to use their time off.”
Dr Larkin said the problem is compounded by the fact that some dentists may have lost their jobs because of the pandemic, which has left the profession vulnerable to more lawsuits.
Dentistry in the US has been facing a crisis of its own for the past two years.
In 2017, there were 8,854 confirmed coronaviral deaths nationwide, compared to 9,902 in 2016.
According to the American Dental Association, there are now more than 4,000 dental offices in the U.S. that are at risk of being struck by coronavira outbreaks, and the majority of dentist-associated coronaviolitis deaths are attributed to opioid use.
“These are highly treatable and treatable cases,” Dr Larkin told Reuters.
“Denturedness is the number two factor, and opioid use is the third factor.
But this is an epidemic.”
Dentism is the fastest-growing occupation in the country, with about 1.4 million people taking care of the needs of the dentists they work for.
But with so many patients needing urgent dental care, dentistry is often at the forefront of the crisis.
Since March, when the pandemics first hit, the number on the US dentistry’s death toll has soared from 521 to 1,092.
That’s up from more than 8,000 dentists on March 20, 2017, according the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
While most of the people who die from the flu are likely to be in their 40s or 50s, more than 70 percent of all coronavarias cases in the states are in people over 65.
At least 10,000 more people are diagnosed with COVID-19 this year than in 2016, according data from the CDC.