World Health Organization Guidelines and Your Dental Visit
Dental Visits Are Essential
The World Health Organization, also known as WHO, recently released new guidelines and recommendations about visiting the dental office during the pandemic. WHO is advising that routine, non-essential oral health care can be delayed until the COVID-19 transmission rates decline. Essential visits include “urgent or emergency oral health care interventions that are vital for preserving a person's oral functioning, managing severe pain or securing quality of life.”
However, oral health impacts your overall health and is not something to delay or ignore. According to the American Dental Association, dentistry is essential health care and dental care should continue through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why It’s Important to Visit the Dentist
Maintaining good dental habits and seeing your dentist at least twice a year is key to not only your dental health but your overall health. It’s important to visit the dentist, even during COVID-19. During your dental appointment, you and your dentist will:
- Receive a professional cleaning
- Get an update about your oral health
- Detect and prevent gum disease and other oral issues early
- Preserve your natural teeth and prevent tooth loss
- Receive brushing and flossing tips for better at home care
- Have an oral cancer checkup
- Have x-rays taken
- Strengthen your teeth
Reopening Dental Offices Regulations
Governors Cuomo and Lamont reopened dental offices in New York and Connecticut, respectively, in late May/early June. In order to do so, offices had to follow updated CDC and OSHA hygiene & sterilization standards. Because of the strict standards in dentistry, to-date, there have not been any reports of COVID-19 contraction linked to dental visits. Offices, such as Dental365, are going above and beyond those already stringent standards to keep patients and their staff members safe.