But what is the risk at the dentist?
There's a number of pieces of equipment that are used in the dental practice that create aerosols. When we talk about aerosols, we’re talking about water under pressure creating a spray that can be propelled into the environment around us. The risk is that such aerosols, when mixed with bacteria and/or the virus, can contribute to the transmission of infection.
“This is why we screen every patient before they come to the practice. If they do have or have had symptoms recently, it doesn’t necessarily mean we can’t provide treatment. We’ve looked at every scenario we can think of and provided our practices with procedures that align with our nation’s health agencies to ensure everyone can continue to access dental treatment.”