The American Dental Association released a statement Aug. 12 stating it “respectfully yet strongly disagrees” with the World Health Organization’s interim guidance recommending that “routine” dental care be delayed in certain situations because of COVID-19.
“Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry is essential health care,” ADA President Chad P. Gehani said. “Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.”
Oral Health = Systemic Health.
Despite recent WHO recommendations, since the onset of the pandemic the ADA, CDC, as well as other state and local dental associations have continuously put forward guidelines and recommendations to ensure patient, provider, staff, and the general public’s safety as it relates to dental care, treatment, and COVID-19. To find out more about how and why you can continue to safely undergo dental treatments during these times feel free to read more via this article.
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