Oral and Overall Health
In response to the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the coronavirus COVID-19 a pandemic, here is some important information relevant to your dental experiences. WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic March 11, 2020 noting "alarming levels" of spread, severity and inaction.1 This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus.1
Here's what you need to know when going to the dentist:
Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product.1 Dental teams generally always work to disinfect and sterilize offices and instruments, not just in response to the new COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are ill with flu-like symptoms, you should reschedule your appointment.
If you have or suspect you may have COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who was diagnosed with or is currently under investigation for COVID-19 and you require urgent dental treatment, call your dentist to discuss appropriate steps. Your dentist will need to work with your medical providers to determine the appropriate precautions to take on a case-by-case basis and decide whether the dental facility is an appropriate setting to provide the necessary services.1
The CDC recommends social distancing, as an effective way to decrease the likelihood of transmitting COVID-19 — avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining a distance of about 6 feet from others when possible.
To help with that it’s recommended that you arrive on time for your next appointment (not too early), maintain the recommended 6 feet between you and others in the waiting room when possible, and follow other recommended precautions such as hand washing, not touching your face (mouth, nose or eyes), sneezing or coughing into your elbow and no shaking hands.
It’s important to understand that the majority of people infected with the coronavirus experience flu-like symptoms and then recover.2 Most people do not develop serious respiratory complications.2 By following the safety guidelines and working together with your dental team your smile care can continue as usual.
Where can I get more information on COVID-19?
To get the most up-to-date information and learn more visit:
1 American Dental Association, ADA adds frequently asked questions from dentists to coronavirus resources, https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2020-archive/march/ada-adds-frequently-asked-questions-from-dentists-to-coronavirus-resources, accessed 3/13/2020.
2 Mouth Healthy, Infection Control, https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/i/infection-control, accessed 03/13/2020.
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