WHO Is Now Requesting People To Avoid Routine Dental Work…!!

WHO updates COVID-19 guidelines, advises against routine dental checkups

CDA and ADA strongly disagree with the World Health Organization's August 3 guidance advising that routine non-essential oral health care, including oral health check-ups, dental cleanings and preventive care, be delayed.

The new guidance to delay appointments applies to routine dental care, including checkups, dental cleanings and preventative care, as well as aesthetic dental treatments. "However, 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 should be provided".

Instead, the World Health Organization said, patients should be given advice on how to maintain good oral hygiene through remote consultations or social media channels.

Although there is now no data on the spread of SARS-CoV-2 via the dentist's chair, the virus can spread through direct, indirect, or close contact with infected people through infected secretions, such as saliva, as well as respiratory droplets, which are around 5-10 micrometres in diameter.

He added: "The likelihood of COVID-19 being transmitted through aerosol, micro-particles or airborne particles ... today I think is unknown, it's open to question at least. Consequently, they are at high risk of being infected with SARS-CoV-2 or passing the infection to patients", The Hill cited the new guidance.

"Dental health care personnel use instruments such as dental [drills], ultrasonic scalers and air-water syringes that create a visible spray that can contain particle droplets of water, saliva, blood, microorganisms and other debris", Michele Neuburger, a dental officer for the CDC's Division of Oral Health and a member of the CDC's COVID-19 Response Infection Prevention Control Team, told NPR. In an oral healthcare setting, this can range from dental cleaning to polishing, and surgical tooth extraction.

The guidance listed ways in which broken dentures and orthodontic appliances, and extensive dental caries, could be treated while minimising or avoiding AGPs.

World Health Organization has been monitoring the pandemic since its emergence in China and recommended safety measures in the past few months, with an aim to curb the spread of the virus or reduce the risk of infection, especially for dentists and other workers at a dental clinic, besides patients.

The WHO said dentists were at high risk of being infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.



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