Should I Delay My Child’s Dental Care Due to Covid-19?

Should I delay my child’s Dental Care Due to Covid-19? It’s an important question, so we’d like to offer an answer. In light of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) interim guidance about “routine” dental care, there has been some confusion. So, we’ll discuss what’s going on for dental professionals in Massachusetts.

First, we want you to know that all healthcare professionals are following the strictest safety protocols today. Also, routine dental care is essential for your ongoing health. Additionally, new research suggests that dental care to treat gum disease could help lower your risk, not only from COVID-19 but from a wide range of health issues. 

The American Dental Association: Dentistry is Essential Care

On August 12, 2020, the American Dental Association. (ADA) issued a statement affirming that routine dental care is integral to overall health.

“Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry is essential health care,” ADA President Chad P. Gehani said. “Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing, or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.”

 

Earlier in March, the ADA called for delaying all but urgent and emergency care. Then, the ADA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued interim guidance introducing strict safety protocols. This includes things like PPE equipment like masks and face shields. Moreover, it goes much further to include things like reconfigured spaces and patient intake procedures.

Now, Dr. Gehani is calling for care to continue:

“Millions of patients have safely visited their dentists in the past few months for the full range of dental services,” Dr. Gehani said. “With appropriate PPE, dental care should continue to be delivered during global pandemics or other disaster situations.”

 

Thus the ADA and CDC interim guidances override the WHO guidance to delay preventative health care.

If you have concerns you can also start a free virtual consultation without leaving home.

The Massachusetts Dental Society: Routine Care is Safe

On August 13, 2020, the Massachusetts Dental Society(MDS) also issued a statement about the WHO’s guidance for Massachusetts.

“The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) wants to clarify that this WHO guidance is NOT applicable to Massachusetts. Residents in cities and towns across Massachusetts, in line with recommendations from state and local officials, remain able to safely receive routine, emergency, or likely to become emergent oral health services.”

 

Before the pandemic, dentists and orthodontists were already practicing strict hygiene protocols. Now, increased infection control protocols and monitoring public health data are the “new normal.”

So, we’re here for routine dental care and taking every precaution to keep you and our staff safe. Since routine care protects your overall health, we don’t recommend putting off important care at this time.

Smiles in Framingham is Keeping Everyone Safe

To learn more about the steps we’re taking to keep everyone safe, please see our recent post here. 

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Dr. Himelhoch is trained and experienced in providing care for both pediatric and adult orthodontic problems to the residents of Framingham, MA. Also, we’re proud to serve Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.

Below, see a video explaining new protocols from Dr. Deborah A. Himelhoch, DDS MS, MMSc, board-certified orthodontist with over 37 years of experience.