SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The World Health Organization, WHO, is advising people to delay non-emergency dental work because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
WHO recommends patients wait to get dental work done until there’s a significant decrease in case numbers. WHO says the new advisory reason is that hygienists and dentists often work in close face-to-face contact with patients.
The organization says this could expose dental staff to saliva, blood, and other bodily fluids, causing dental procedures to be potentially high risk for both staff and patients.
WHO also says the use of dental equipment produces particles and sprays particles in the air, meaning the aerosols can lead to rapid contamination and potential for infection.
Springfield dentist, Dr. Howard Shayne of Fox Grape Family Dentistry, says it is still safe to go to the dentist.
“Most of us have implemented many additional steps