COLORADO SPRINGS — On August 3rd, 2020 the World Health Organization recommended people postpone routine dental work during the pandemic if transmission rates are high in the area. The recommendation left many dental organizations in the United States, including the American Dental Association scrambling to respectfully and yet strongly disagree with the W.H.O. based on localized infection rates.
Dr. Fred Guerra, DMD with Guerra Dental in Colorado Springs says, “There was recent guidance from the ADA that the recommendations by the W.H.O. are certainly only applicable in intensely uncontrolled COVID environments, which Colorado Springs is certainly not.”
Dr. Guerra says right now, perhaps more ever, it's important to stay on top of your general health which includes your oral health. “We've known for a long time that dental health is critical to our overall systemic or general health and well-being, with the advent of COVID-19 it is particularly important that those small percentage of people, that do develop a COVID related pneumonia a bacterial superinfection which may be transmitted through the mouth, very poor oral hygiene is certainly going to exacerbate her make that condition much worse. It's prudent for people to continue to see their dentist on a regular basis, maintain their oral hygiene, and do what they need to do to stay healthy.”
Dr. Guerra says there are also a few things you should be seeing from your dental provider during the COVID-19 pandemic to know the environment is as safe as possible.
“We know that COVID-19 is one of those diseases where it can really be picked up anywhere but they should really be focused on how much and what are the procedures in the dental office. How is the screening procedure being handled to protect the staff they're going to see and the patients? What kind of precautions are being taken once they open the door and enter into the dental facility? What kind of personal protective equipment is the staff, front desk, hygienist and the doctor their assistants using to mitigate or prevent the spread of COVID in the dental office, or certainly to minimize it as much as possible?”
If you have specific questions or concerns, make sure to get in touch with your dentist.
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