Day: July 19, 2020

The Pandemic and the Dentist

On March 16, the ADA issued the following statement:

“The American Dental Association recognizes the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances dentists and all health care professionals face related to growing concern about COVID-19. The ADA is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of the public and the dental team. In order for dentistry to do its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the ADA recommends dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.”

“As health care professionals, it is up to dentists to make well-informed decisions about their patients and practices.”

Various local dental societies have issued statements echoing these recommendations. It is unlikely that these limitations would be lifted soon.

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What Your Dentist Knows About Your Health

SOURCES:

Steven Offenbacher, DDS, PhD, chair, department of periodontology; director, Center for Oral and Systemic Diseases, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mayo Clinic: “Oral health: A window to your overall health.”

American Dental Association: “Diabetes.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Oral Health Problems and Diabetes.”

American Academy of Periodontology: “Gum Disease and Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes and Oral Health Problems.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diabetes and dental care: Guide to a healthy mouth.”

Sally Cram, DDS, periodontist; spokeswoman, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: “Oral Cancer.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Oral Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “What is the best way to screen for oral cancer?”

Mayo Clinic: “Bruxism/teeth grinding.”

American Dental Association: “Bruxism (Teeth Grinding).”

American Academy of Periodontology: “Gum Disease and Pregnancy Problems.”

CDC: “Public Health Implications of Chronic Periodontal Infection in Adults.”

Vergnes, J. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, February 2007.

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