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.
Here's what you need to know when going to the dentist:
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 COVID-19 and you require urgent dental treatment, call your dentist to discuss appropriate steps.
The CDC recommends social distancing, as an effective way to decrease the likelihood of transmitting COVID-19, 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.1 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 Mouth Healthy, Infection Control, https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/i/infection-control, accessed 03/13/2020.
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