ADA & WHO disagree
“dental care should be delivered during global pandemics and other disaster situations.”
The American Dental Association (ADA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) are falling on separate sides of the argument when it comes to delaying dental care. WHO advises that patients should delay routine oral healthcare, while the ADA President Chad P. Gehani says, “With appropriate PPE, dental care should continue to be delivered during global pandemics or other disaster situations.” The ADA says they, “respectfully but strongly disagree.”
It’s no secret that oral health is connected to overall health, and delaying care can lead to further complications. As Gehani said in his official statement, “oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry is essential health care.”
With the amount of PPE provided to dental workers and extra precautions taken, visiting the dentist for routine care is still recommended by the ADA. Luckily, the WHO’s guidance does not supersede any state or local mandates or regulations. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have advised that dental care calls for the highest levels of PPE, including face shields, masks, and goggles.
With COVID-19 affecting the whole body, dentistry is more important than ever due to the ability to prevent, evaluate, and treat oral diseases that can be detrimental to your health overall.
When it comes to your safety, dentists in Deerfield Beach, Florida, like Deerfield Beach Partners in Dentistry, have taken extra steps to keep you healthy. Taking care of your overall health is integral to staying safe amid the current pandemic. While we understand the numbers in Florida have been startling, taking care of yourself is still the key to making it through this together.
Florida reopened their dental offices back in June, but new media coverage of WHO guidance can cause patients to delay much-needed oral care. Both the Florida Dental Association (FDA), and the ADA agree that dental offices need to remain open and keep serving patients with routine dental care during this phase of reopening.
We at Deerfield Beach Partners in Dentistry have your health as their main priority and want to make sure we safely provide quality care, dentists are probably one of the most sterile environments you could step into today, so don’t neglect your oral health we really are taking your health and safety seriously, you can go to the dentist during this pandemic. Cleaning your teeth and using extra precautions in your oral hygiene has been shown to combat other types of coronavirus strains. Keep your mouth clean, and your body healthy.
Contact Deerfield Beach Partners in Dentistry is you need to schedule an appointment and we will get you in as soon as we can. We look forward to seeing your smiling face.