Dentists across the country will be restricting services for the next few months.
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MACKAY dentists are restricting all services to urgent or emergency treatment only in line with the statewide crackdown against the spread of coronavirus.

Australian Dental Association Queensland president Norah Ayard said the recommendations were made to all dental practices.

“The reason we’re doing this is in line with government recommendations to reduce unnecessary movements,” Ms Ayard said.

Another issue, she added, was a lot of procedures used instruments that created aerosols, which was one of the ways the virus could be transmitted.

“If the public has a non-urgent routine dental treatment, defer or delay it,” she said.

The focus, Ms Ayard said, was to reduce the risk of spreading the virus further.

“But we also don’t want people to end up in the emergency department for a toothache,” she said.

“We just recommend people contact their dentist if not sure what they should do to get the best possible advice.”

Ms Ayard urged the public to comply with social distancing rules so there was a better chance of getting on top of coronavirus.



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