COVID-19 Information for Dental Patients

BCDA members: log into the BCDA Member Site for more COVID-19 information and resources.
As of September 24, 2021

BCDA COVID-19 Dental Care Resource Information and Media Statements

2021

  • Statement, September 24: Position on COVID-19 Vaccination for Health Care Workers, Including Oral Health Care Professionals

    The British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) Board of Directors have agreed, after careful deliberation, to stand in strong support with the Canadian Dental Association, BC Centre for Disease Control, and Doctors of BC in the position that COVID-19 vaccines are science-based, safe, effective and have been thoroughly investigated; and support the call to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for BC health care workers, including oral health care professionals.

    Earlier this year, at the request of members, BCDA successfully advocated for dentists to receive the COVID-19 vaccine earlier than the general public, and to also become vaccine administrators.

    This reflects our commitment, as health care providers, to protect the health of patients as well as dentists and staff. We have seen first-hand what vaccines have done to reduce severity of illness and the number of cases. While our recommendation is non-binding, with the highly transmissible Delta variant now being the dominant strain in BC, BCDA strongly recommends and encourages our members and their staff to get vaccinated.

  • Statement, March 10: BCDA is pleased with the BC Government’s decision to include community-based dentists and their clinical staff teams in Phase 2 of the vaccine roll-out. While all vaccine delivery is dependent on vaccine supply and logistical planning in each health authority, dentists in the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health authority regions have been invited to book vaccination appointments. Dentists have also been approved as vaccinators in the Provincial Health Officer’s February 23 Public Health Order.

    BCDA has no position on which specific vaccine is used for dentists and their clinical teams; and appreciates the effort required by each health authority to deliver the vaccine roll-out as quickly as possible.

    Dentists safely administer injections several times a day as a regular part of their practice and can competently support the government's immunization effort. Our members are pleased to contribute to this critical community service that will benefit all British Columbians.
  • Statement, February 24: The British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) welcomes Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer's public health order that dentists across the province will assist in delivering BC's COVID-19 mass community vaccination plan. Dentists safely administer injections several times a day as a regular part of their practice and can competently support the government's immunization effort. BCDA will gladly assist in recruiting its members for this critically important community service.
  • Updated January 27: Questions & Answers about COVID-19 for Dental Patients
  • January 23: Media Release: BCDA Strongly Urges BC Government to Move Dental Professionals to Phase 2 Vaccine Rollout

2020

Previous BCDA Media Statements

Clarification of COVID-19 Mask Mandate for Dental Patients

On December 18, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC clarified how the mask order issued by Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer on November 24 applies to dental patients. Under the order, a patient (or anyone else) visiting a dental office is expected to wear a mask regardless of their ability to maintain physical distance of two meters. The mask does not need to be medical grade. Non-medical masks for patients and visitors are acceptable.

On August 18, BC Dental Association (BCDA) member dentists and certified dental specialists received updated guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC and WorkSafeBC to expand dental services across BC. Details of the guidelines for all Oral Health Care Providers can be viewed at the College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC)

Dentists and dental teams have been experts at infection control for a long time. As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic in BC, dental patients have an important role to play in keeping everyone safe.

Dental patients are asked to:

  • contact the dental office in advance of any visit and advise them if you are at all unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms, have had close contact or have been in isolation with a suspected case, or have traveled outside Canada in the last 14 days
  • complete a patient screening form in advance of your visit
  • clean your hands
  • limit your wait time in the office and/or wait outside the office if you are accompanying another person to the appointment
  • observe physical distancing requirements in the dental office, before and after, treatment
  • observe any other policies or procedures noted by your dental office
  • wear a mask in the dental office until otherwise instructed by dental staff

On behalf of our members, we thank patients for their understanding and patience as dental offices adapt to new office changes to meet evolving public health policies.

We're all in this together!

Dental Clinics 

Dentists have always been experts at infection control and have COVID-19 policies and procedures in place to keep everyone safe. 

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Please ensure you contact the dental office by phone before you visit and disclose if you are not well or have any COVID-19 symptoms. To comply with physical distancing requirements, many dental offices may continue to provide initial consultations over the phone.

In The News

This list of recent articles on COVID-19 and oral health is provided as a public service, and does not represent an endorsement of the views expressed.

Public Health Info Resources

The BC government has launched a COVID-19 Support App Self-Assessment Tool to provide information or determine if you may need testing. The app can be installed on smartphones or viewed as a website. A dedicated information phone line is also available for people who want to check their health status. The toll-free line is open at 1-888-268-4319 (1-888-COVID19) 7:30am - 8pm PST seven days a week for non-medical information about COVID-19, including information on travel and physical distancing, and access to support and services from the provincial and federal governments.

 

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