Delay routine dental checkups until coronavirus risk is known: WHO

Delay routine dental checkups until coronavirus risk is known: WHO

The World Health Organization said that dental patients and staff need to be protected from any potential infection by aerosol-generating procedures.

“WHO guidance recommends in case of community transmission to give priority to urgent or emergency oral cases, to avoid or minimize procedures that may generate an aerosol, prioritize a set of clinical interventions that are performed using an instrument and of course to delay routine non-essential oral health care,” Benoit Varenne, a WHO dental officer, told a news briefing.

He noted that the likelihood of COVID-19 being transmitted through aerosol, micro-particles, or airborne particles.

“Today I think is unknown, it’s open to question at least. This means that more research is needed,” Varenne said.

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