Stay Safe From the Coronavirus at the Dentist
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that dentists treat patients only after assessing them for COVID-19 and after weighing the risks of delayed care against the risk of potential viral exposure.
That's because dental care poses clear infection risks: Dentists and hygienists must work very close to your face and use tools that may spray droplets. "Dental staff will now be wearing additional personal protective equipment, such as face shields, gowns, and masks," says Chad Gehani, D.D.S., president of the American Dental Association.
Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the September 2020 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.