Although some may be hesitant during this time, you should continue to see your dental provider for routine check-ups and necessary dental work. Preventative care should not be delayed; doing so will cause any issues you may have to progress, increasing their severity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided dental facilities with guidelines to ensure the health and safety of its patients. Strict standards of care have been implemented, so patients can feel protected and comfortable receiving dental services. Safety protocols include:
- Patient screening
- Physical barriers
- Routine disinfecting
- Social distancing
You can find more information about safety protocols that may be implemented at your dentist's office by reviewing What You Should Know About Returning to the Dentist During COVID-19 (PDF).
The report developed by the CDC can be accessed via the CDC Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals page.