WHO: Postpone Non-Essential Dental Visit, Risk of Contamination is Too Great

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for non-essential dental visits to be postponed for a while.


That is one of the guidelines that the organization comes up with to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.

“The WHO advises postponing non-essential oral care until the spread of Covid-19 has diminished sufficiently,” the advisory said. The same applies to “aesthetic procedures” (plastic surgery).

The call comes after (non-essential) oral care resumes in many countries.

But there are some dangers, for example, dentists, in particular, run the risk of being infected by one of the patients. “Dentists work very close to patients’ faces,” the WHO explains.

The procedures include face-to-face communication and frequent exposure to saliva, blood and other bodily fluids. As a result, they have a bigger chance of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2.”

On the other hand, dentists, in turn, can infect patients. That is why it is healthier to postpone dental visits for a while. However, WHO emphasizes that the advice only applies to non-essential dental visits.

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