The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly changed the daily lives of many people around the world. Because of the disease, many aspects of everyday life, even the most trivial, have become difficult tasks to perform. The latest one concerns dental care. The WHO has released a new directive that advises against going to the dentist, except in an emergency.
A new provision to prevent the spread of Covid-19
In a new directive, theWorld Health Organization issued recommendations relating to oral health services in the context of Covid-19. The new recommendation says that routine visits, cosmetic treatments or any other form of non-essential dental care should be postponed. ” WHO recommends that routine non-essential oral health care – which typically includes oral check-ups, dental cleanings and preventive care – be delayed until there has been a reduction sufficient Covid-19 transmission rates “, indicated theWHO in a guide.
This instruction mainly concerns regions where the transmission rate of the coronavirus is still high. According to the doctor’s explanations Benoit Varenne, from the oral health program of theWHO, the application of this measure is strongly recommended insofar as the performance of dental care promotes the aerosol distribution of the virus if the patient is infected. The main people affected by the danger are dentists and staff in oral health care establishments.
” Their procedures involve face-to-face communication, frequent exposure to saliva, blood, and other body fluids, and handling of sharp instruments. Therefore, they are at high risk of getting infected with SARS-CoV-2 or passing the infection on to patients. », Explained the agency. So theWHO advocated that only dental treatment involving the management of severe pain or care to ensure good quality should be performed. Even for this kind of care, the WHO recommends that patients take a test before going to the dentist, reported Live Science.
A directive that is not unanimous
However, it should be noted that there is currently no data concerning the transmission of Covid-19 to the dentist. Faced with this, theWHO said more research will be done to assess the actual risk a patient faces at the dentist regarding the pandemic. Moreover, theWHO also made it clear that although they should not be a priority for now, performing regular oral care is important. The agency explained that a large number of people around the world suffer from dental diseases due to lack of regular care.
Faced with this directive fromWHO, theAmerican Dental Association (ADA) wanted to express his disapproval in a Press release. ” Oral health is an integral part of overall health. Dentistry is an essential health care because of its role in the assessment, diagnosis, prevention or treatment of oral diseases, which can affect systemic health “, said Chad P. Gehani, president ofADA. The Dr Gehani also explained that it was entirely possible to take measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in dental establishments.