Reopening Dental Offices
Dental offices in Illinois have reopened for routine dental care. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’d been instructed to limit dental visits to emergency situations only.
Now state and federal agencies have issued guidance saying non-emergency dental care can resume as long as precautions are taken to protect both patients and staff.
That means screening everyone for COVID-19 symptoms and using the highest level of personal protective equipment available.
But dentists across the nation are struggling to secure an adequate supply of protective gear, and that has some who work in dental offices worried about returning.
Christine Herman, health reporter with WILL's Illinois Newsroom and Side Effects Public Media
Jeanne Bosecker, president of the Illinois Dental Hygienists Association