The WHO said that check-ups, dental cleansing and preventive care could be postponed, as it issued guidance for dentists to reduce the risk of transmission during the coronavirus virus epidemic.
The United Nations health agency now said that dental services have resumed in many countries, many procedures can be performed in a way that reduces aerosols, or microscopic droplets hanging in the air.
“WHO advises that routine non-essential oral health care – which usually includes oral health screening, dental cleaning and preventive care – can be delayed until community transmission from Kovid-19 transmission to cluster cases There should not be a substantial reduction in rates. ” The guidance says.
“This applies to aesthetic dental treatments. However, immediate or emergency oral health care interventions that are important to preserve a person’s oral functioning, manage severe pain, or preserve their quality of life.”
The WHO stated that if possible, patients should be examined remotely before their appointments.
The interim guidance, on 3 August, was broadcast today by WHO.
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The WHO stated that dentists were at high risk of getting infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Kovid-19.
“The oral health care team works in close proximity to patients’ faces for a long time,” the organization said.
“Their procedures include face-to-face communication and frequent exposure to saliva, blood, and other body fluids, and fast devices. As a result, they are at high risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 or for patients to undergo infection. Are in. ”
Aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) include teeth cleaning, high or low speed hand pieces, surgical tooth extraction and implant placement with an ultrasonic scalar and polishing.
The guidance listed methods in which broken dentures and orthodontic devices, and extensive dental caries (caries) can be treated, while reducing or reducing AGP.
WHO Dental Chief Benoit Verne told reporters that mouth disease was a neglected health burden in many countries, affecting people throughout their lives.
“Globally, the final estimates that are available suggest that 3.5 billion are affected by oral disease, he said.
“Untreated dental caries in permanent teeth is the most common health condition in humans.”
He said that in a survey, 75% of WHO member states stated that dental services were completely or partially disrupted during the epidemic.
Mr. Vern also expressed concern about the availability of personal protective equipment for dentists working during the epidemic.