Ohio Dentists Urged to Only See Emergency Patients


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--It's not an order, but a recommendation from the board that oversees Ohio's dentists, recommending what to do during the coronavirus outbreak.

On Monday, The Ohio State Dental Board recommended that dentists only treat patients in emergencies, and that elective procedures, including cleanings, and procedures for crowns, bridges, and dentures, should be postponed.

The order also covers many cosmetic procedures.

Doctors say that dentists are especially vulnerable to both contracting and spreading coronavirus, since many procedures produce airborne droplets of saliva, which are known to spread the virus.

The board did not reveal whether those recommendations would be enforced, or for how long those policies should be in effect.