INDIAN CREEK – State Sen. Terry Link, D-Indian Creek, is highlighting new guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health allowing dental providers to resume routine care and encouraging residents to donate personal protective equipment to local dental offices.
“It’s critical that dental care remains available in the safest possible conditions,” Link said. “I’m glad to see that dentists will now be able to provide the everyday care that Illinoisans need.”
According to IDPH guidelines, oral health providers should consider their patients’ health care needs, asses the risks and benefits of procedures and appropriately screen patients for COVID-19. Patients must be symptom free and have their temperature taken. Dental professionals should use PPE and take other precautions to prevent potential spread of COVID-19.
Early in the pandemic, dental professionals gave up their PPE to support hospitals, first responders and nursing homes. They now face challenges acquiring the equipment they need to operate safely. Link is encouraging residents to help out by donating any extra PPE.
“It’s critical that as these dental offices reopen, they’re able to do so in a way that prioritizes the health of patients and employees,” Link said. “If you have unneeded protective equipment, I urge you to consider donating it to a local dental office.”
More details on the IDPH guidelines are available at www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/routine-oral-and-dental-care.