February 9th marks International Dentist's Day - a day to acknowledge the hard work of Dentists from around the world who play an important part in our health and well-being.
We wanted to learn more about life as Dentist, and so we reached out to Contours Oral Surgery to speak with Dr. Antonella C Trache, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Alberta.
Ever since she could remember, Dr. Trache has always wanted to be a Dentist. She fell in love with the meticulousness and precision required to be a dentist as she helped her aunt in her office and folded gauze for patients’ care packages. "I have never wanted to be anything else; it is very strange to think that I never had a plan B."
A day in the life
Dr. Trache's morning begins when she wakes up at 5:30AM and arrives at the clinic or the University by 7:30AM. Her day consists of a multitude of things, from supervising students at the clinic or the University to seeing her own private patients for consultations and surgeries. At University, Dr. Trache attends meetings or delivers lectures on various oral surgery topics to students!
When the day is done, it's time to catch up on student emails, consultations or prepare for upcoming lectures. After a busy day, Dr. Trache finishes up and is home by 6PM. "I am lucky that I have a very supportive spouse who takes care of everything else around the house that I do not have time for," she says. After unwinding for about an hour in the evening, it's time for lights out! Then Dr. Trache gets to do it all over again the next day. "I love what I do, and I do not complain about the long hours."
PPE practices: Then vs. now
Dr. Trache explained to us that the pandemic brought on enhanced PPE and Infection Control Protocols. Enhanced measures have been maintained across the University and in her clinic.
During the pandemic, non-hospital surgical facilities were the only places that would address dental emergencies regardless of the patient's COVID status, so it is important to utilize PPE. "To this day, we wear gowns, N95 masks, and face shields to treat patients," and masks are still required to be worn at all times in their clinic.
Dr. Trache particularly likes PRIMED's nitrile examination gloves for their fit, tactile feel and sensitivity!
Thank you to Dr. Trache and all Dentists for your dedication to helping keep our smiles bright and healthy!
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