Vt. dentists being asked to postpone routine checkups

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont dentists are being asked to only see patients who need emergency care.

WCAX has learned that the Vermont Dental Society is asking all practices for the next 14 days to put off non-urgent care. They are to reevaluate in two weeks whether to continue suspending non-essential procedures.

And the Vermont Health Department is applauding the move. The state's oral health director tells WCAX if it's not an emergency -- don't go. And in the meantime, be vigilant about brushing and flossing.

Alpine dental in Colchester says they have been monitoring the situation and decided to close their office for non-emergencies. They say that dentists and oral care already are diligent with their safety measures, but this virus still puts everyone in a high risk situation

"We have extremely strict standers for infection control, but this virus is aggressive and there is only so much we can do and we are trying to mitigate the affect on the public and keep our staff healthy," said Alpine's Katera Hopkins.

The state also says the CDC is working on guidance right now for dental care clinicians but it's not ready yet.