Statement from the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association on the Safety of Non-Essential Dental Procedures

On August 3, the World Health Organization (WHO) advised that “routine non-essential oral health care—which usually includes oral health check-ups, dental cleanings and preventive care—be delayed until there has been sufficient reduction in COVID-19 transmission rates from community transmission to cluster cases or according to official recommendations at national, sub-national or local level.”1

Canadian oral health care professionals adhere to strict infection prevention and control protocols. These protocols were updated and enhanced at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As provinces began to allow dental and dental hygiene offices to reopen in early May, careful consideration was given to the number of active COVID-19 cases in each province and the risks associated with aerosol-generating procedures. Detailed guidelines for the provision of oral health care services were developed by each provincial regulatory body.

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