The World Health Organization is urging people to postpone oral examination, cleaning and examination during the coronavirus pandemic.
WHO recommends that “unnecessary oral health care”, including cleaning and preventive care, should be delayed until transmission rates drop because dentists work “close to the disease. in the long term, ”according to the instructions published last week.
“Their procedures involve face-to-face communication and regular contact with saliva, blood and other body fluids and handling sharp instruments,”; the instructions said. “Therefore, they are at high risk of getting SARS-CoV-2 or passing it on to the patient.”
People should seek care during emergency procedures “very important to maintaining a person’s oral function,” said WHO.
For those cases, WHO recommends remote screening of patients, wearing masks, keeping away from society and maintaining ventilation in facilities to prevent virus transmission.
“Dental health care workers use tools like dentistry [drills], the ultrasonic scraper and the air-water syringe produce a visible spray that can hold water particles, saliva, blood, microorganisms and other debris, ”says Michele Neuburger, dental officer. Department of the Oral Health Division of the CDC and a member of the CDC COVID-19 Infectious Prevention Control Group, told NPR.
The American Dental Association recommends that dentists postpone elective procedures by March.
Dentist offices were allowed to reopen in every state in June, The New York Times reported. Since then, dentists and cleaning staff have put head-to-toe personal protective equipment on their appointments.
Dr. Todd Bertman, who works in Manhattan, said: “It was like changing a space suit. “It’s annoying but here’s what it happened until we found the vaccine.”
More than 5.1 million coronavirus infections have been confirmed in the US, and more than 164,000 people have died nationwide as of August 11, according to Johns Hopkins University.