As COVID-19 continues to spread in our society, reaching a second surge of cases, the topic of dentistry comes up quite often. Can dentists and oral health professionals practice safely? Is it necessary for people to have normal dental visits? The answer is, yes!
How have the precautions improved?
When we first became aware of COVID-19, dental care was limited to urgent visits and emergencies only. All visits were meticulously scheduled to assure the safety of both patients and professionals alike. As the months have gone by, new measures have been put in place to include more visits such as 6-month check-ups and routine cleanings.
American Dental Association (ADA) President Dr. Daniel J. Klemmedson says, “Dental care should continue during the pandemic because dentistry is essential health care, In March, we didn’t have then what we have now—specific guidance.”
With the use of personal protective equipment in addition to patient health-screenings prior to dental visits, dentistry can continue to operate safely. Dental offices are doing everything they can to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while remaining in practice. After all, dental care is essential to our overall health and well-being.
Is COVID-19 spreading amongst dental offices?
According to the CDC, there has been no record of COVID-19 transmission in a dental setting. Less than 1% of dentists have tested positive for the virus, according to an American Dental Association Science & Research Institute and Health Policy Institute study. With such amazingly low transmission rates, dentists can assure the health and safety of their patients and continue to practice routine visits.
Moving forward with COVID-19
The president of the ADA is aware that COVID-19 is nowhere near gone. As it hits closer to home, he urges patients and healthcare professionals to pay close attention to their local guidelines and prevention measures in the dental community. Thus far, dental practices remain open.
There are many resources available to dentists and patients as we continue down this road of uncertainty. The ADA is one of many associations that provides free digital resources and tools to help everyone through this tough time. There are many people advocating for our health, we must band together and fight this as one!