Home WORLD NEWS Is it safe to visit the dentist during Covid-19 pandemic?

Is it safe to visit the dentist during Covid-19 pandemic?


Dentists can’t eliminate all risk, but they are taking steps to minimise the chances of spreading the coronavirus.

Coronavirus is spread mainly through droplets people spray when they talk, cough or sneeze. (Representational photo: Reuters)

Dentists can’t eliminate all risk, but they are taking steps to minimise the chances of spreading the coronavirus.

You’ll likely notice changes as soon as you enter the office. Many dentists have removed magazines from waiting rooms, for example, as well as some chairs to encourage social distancing. They also are spacing out appointments to avoid crowding their offices.

You may be asked to arrive for your appointment with a facial covering and to wait in your car until equipment is cleaned and the dentist is ready. Before receiving care, you can also expect staff to take your temperature and ask about COVID-19 symptoms.




Procedures are changing, too.

Coronavirus is spread mainly through droplets people spray when they talk, cough or sneeze. Dental care requires close quarters and procedures that can generate a spray of saliva and water. To reduce risk, dentists are returning to manual tools for procedures like teeth cleanings, instead of other instruments that may do the job faster but create more of that spray.

Staff also have started wearing masks, face shields and other personal protective equipment. Some dentists are charging for all the extra gear, so ask in advance if you should expect extra costs.




As the pandemic spread earlier this year, dental offices in the US mostly closed, except for emergency care. By the end of June, nearly all offices had reopened, according to surveys by the American Dental Association.

ALSO READ | Global coronavirus cases rise to more than 12 million

ALSO WATCH | Coronavirus in India: Are hospitals in Bengaluru following rules?

IndiaToday.in has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, and access our dedicated coronavirus page.
Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from

  • Andriod App
  • IOS App



Source link

Most Popular

Sonu Sood gifts migrant labourers 3 Lakh job offers on his birthday

Image Source : FILE IMAGE Sonu Sood gifts migrant labourers 3 Lakh job offers on his birthday Sonu Sood is...

Happy Birthday Sonu Sood: Some Lesser Known Facts About the Actor

Sonu Sood celebrates his 47th birthday on July 30. The actor who hails from Punjab is known for his works in Hindi, Telugu,...

Shahid Afridi Picks the Better Skipper Between MS Dhoni and Ricky Ponting

Shahid Afridi, ever since his retirement has been making a lot of controversial statements, which haven't gone down well with some of his fans...

Riteish Deshmukh introduces his little ‘musical maestro’

Image Source : INSTAGRAM/RITEISH DESHMUKH Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh recently went off to a farm in Latur with their sons. ...