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Personal Protective Equipment to an “Emotional Protective Environment”: Reflection of a Pediatric Dentist amidst the Pandemic!

S Ghousia Begum

Keywords : Emotional contagion, Personal play therapy equipment, Pretend play dentist toys, Reflective practice, Tell show wear,Emotional protective environment

Citation Information : Begum SG. Personal Protective Equipment to an “Emotional Protective Environment”: Reflection of a Pediatric Dentist amidst the Pandemic!. CODS J Dent 2020; 12 (1):21-23.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10063-0059

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 05-04-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aim and objective: Emphasis on reflective practice in pediatric dentistry on implementing “Emotional Protective Environment” (EPE) while donning Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Background: The concept of reflective practice is seldom talked about in dentistry and is still in its budding stages. Reflecting on every case in my routine clinical practice turned my personal experiences into invaluable precious learnings; helped me to understand my strengths, weaknesses; questioned my underlying values, identified my personal limitations or areas for improvement. Conclusion: Reflection does demand from clinicians, a dare to accept individual\'s limitations and uneasiness encountered during clinical practice by unmasking it all while simultaneously inviting others to view the prudence when you yourself are looking into the mirror of self-image. Reflective practice takes time from the hindsight experiences of the clinical practices in formulating and executing fruitful insights. Clinical significance: We must work on Self-distancing (Adaptive self-reflection) while implementing the “Social Distancing” in professions dealing with children. Time for some earnest reasoning on visualizing our thoughts on some kind of reflector glass of minds in promoting the delivery of an Emotional Protective Environment along with the practice of Personal Protective Equipment!


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