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Dental English: Helpful Terms for Talking About the Coronavirus

Dental English: Helpful Terms for Talking About the Coronavirus.

One of the most widely felt side effects of the coronavirus is uncertainty. To ensure your patients understand all the current information concerning your dental office and your dental services correctly, you need to know the vocabulary to be able to communicate with your patient. Following we have prepared a list of helpful terms.

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About the Dental Office

Vorkehrungen treffen – to take precautions

vorübergehend Praxisschließung – temporary office closure

Sonder-Öffnungszeiten – special opening times

nicht notwendige Zahnbehandlung – non-essential dental care

Notfall – emergency

ansteckend – contagious

Ansteckungsrisiko – risk of contagion

zu verbreiten – to spread

Übertragung – transmission

Hochrisikopatient – high risk patient / people at high risk


Hygiene Measures

zu desinfizieren – to disinfect

Handhygiene – hand hygiene

Handdesinfektionsmittel – hand sanitizer

Händewaschen – washing your hands

soziale Distanzierung – social distancing or physical distancing

2 Meter Abstand halten – keep 2 meters distance

Arbeitsunfähigkeitsbescheinigung – sick leave certificate

ärztliches Attest – doctor’s note

Aufgrund der aktuellen COVID-19 Lage behandeln wir nur Notfälle. – Due to the current COVID-19 situation our service is for urgent cases only.
Wir haben jede routinemäßige, nicht dringende zahnmedizinische Behandlung in unserer Praxis abgesagt. – We have stopped all routine, non-urgent dental care in our dental office.



Husten – cough

Atemnot – shortness of breath

Fieber – fever

Lungenentzündung – inflammation of the lungs

Müdigkeit – fatigue

laufende Nase – runny nose

Kratzen im Hals – itchy throat

Übelkeit – nausea

Frösteln – shivering

Schüttelfrost – shivering attack

grippeähnliche Symptome – flu-like symptoms


Protective Materials

Mundschutz – medical or surgical masks, facemask

Atemschutzmaske, z. B. PPE – respirator

Beatmungsgerät – ventilator

PPE – personal protective equipment

Desinfektionsmittel – disinfectant

Handschuhe – gloves

Schürze – apron

Schutzkittel – isolation gown, protective gown

Gesichtsschutz – face shield

Schutzbrille – protective goggles


More English, please!

Stay safe, stay tuned – more vocabulary and sentences will follow in our next blog post.

If you are interested in a Dental English seminar to refresh your language skills and those of your team: we offer an array of courses with different dental associations and also in-house workshops. Please contact us.

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