Dental work need to be postponed during this time, WHO insists

At this time of the virus outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) has circulated a new notice. Avoid your regular dental visit until the COVID-19 spread reduces. Some people regularly go to have their teeth cleaned and checked. The patient’s saliva, which stays in the air, doubles the prospect of spreading the coronavirus. The WHO has said that Dentists in containment zones should avoid testing.

However, WHO also said that we should not hold up the significant tooth problems. Serious tooth problems might develop into other health issues if left unaddressed. Dentists are at high risk of being infected with COVID-19. Because they work in close exposure with patients, their exposure to saliva, blood, and other body fluids make them more sensitive.

The President Of American Dental Association Opposes The Statement.

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The President of the American Dental Association (ADA), Dr. Gehani, has strongly disagreed with this statement. Dr. Gehani said that Dental health is vital and might cause serious health problems if not treated at the earliest. He added that the American Dental Association had provided excellent quality PPE kits to all doctors. Doctors said that millions of patients have been coming for treatment for the past two months, and it diagnoses so far none of them with the coronavirus.

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How this virus spreads while checking the teeth?

When a patient approaches a doctor for dental treatment, very close contact occurs. It also causes the saliva to come out of the patient’s mouth to double the coronavirus spread. It can also spread the coronavirus through the medical equipment used by doctors. WHO has suggested patients need to get coronavirus tested before their appointments. This will lower the risk of coronavirus transmission.

WHO’s Dental Chief Benoit Varenne informed media that dental problems which ignored are a health hazard in many parts of the world. These affect people for the rest of their lives. 3.5 billion people already affected by oral diseases at the world level, he added.

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The symptoms of the coronavirus won’t show immediately. It will take 2 to 3 weeks to show up the symptoms. The immunity power of the person is one of the critical factors. Older people and a person with existing health problems have more chances to get this virus.

It is very good to maintain personal hygiene and social distancing in later life also.

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