How Dentistry Adapted to Covid-19: Less Drilling, Less Germ Spray

Alonzo Osche

Ann Enkoji normally enjoys seeing her dental hygienist, but when her dentist’s office in Santa Monica, Calif., canceled her cleaning visit last spring, she felt relieved.

She had been wary of keeping the appointment anyway, worried about someone else’s fingers and instruments exploring her mouth at a time when more than 25,000 Americans were contracting the coronavirus daily.

“It’s just too up close in that mouth-nasal region,” said Ms. Enkoji, 70, a marketing design consultant based in Santa Monica.

When she returned to her dentist’s office in September for a cleaning, she was asked to wash her hands and use

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