Are There New Safety Procedures for Seeing a Dentist After Coronavirus?

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In March of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic shut nearly everything down. Only essential businesses remained open, with everything from shopping malls to gyms and even dental practices shuttered to slow the spread of the virus. As the United States and the rest of the world began to slowly reopen in late May and early June, life was definitely different. Face masks were commonplace, social distancing became the new norm and new procedures and precautions were implemented for everything — including dental practices.

Because dentists and dental hygienists come into close contact with patients’ mouths, they’re at a greater risk of contracting the virus if they don’t protect themselves properly. During the shutdown, some dental offices remained open for emergencies if they had proper personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gowns and masks. However, many stayed closed.

Now that the reopening process has happened in many areas, your dentist may have started welcoming patients into the office again. To prepare, learn more about the new safety practices and how to get ready for your next oral exam or procedure.