The COVID-19 pandemic is having wide-ranging impacts on our everyday lives, including scheduled dental and other appointments. We all need to work together to prevent the spread of the virus.
In a statement issued April 1, the American Dental Association (ADA) called on dentists nationwide to postpone non-urgent dental procedures through April 30 in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Concentrating on emergency and urgent dental care only during this period will allow dentists and their teams to care for emergency patients and reduce the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.
Here’s a guide to what you can reschedule for a time when your dentist has resumed normal operations, and what you should consider an emergency. You can also download this guide. If you’re not sure whether your dental care need counts as an emergency, call your dentist’s office. They can help decide if you need to be seen immediately.
Dental care you can reschedule for another time:
Dental care that you should have taken care of by a dentist at this time:
Even during this outbreak, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Learn how to take care of your mouth when you’re sick.