(KION) The California Dental Association is recommending that dentists around the state suspend non-essential or non-urgent dental care for the next 14 days in response to the spread of coronavirus.
The CDA did say it expects dentists to still be available for emergency care, but said health care professionals have a role to play in reducing the spread of the disease.
The association said it came to this decision after consulting with state and national health care experts and hopes the precations will help to preserve the limited supply of protective equipment that is essential for emergency dental care and for health care professionals responding to the pandemic.
"We recognize the gravity of these extreme measures and are sensitive to the economic impact of such actions. Rest assured that CDA will advocate on behalf of all dentists in California for economic relief packages," the CDA said in a statement.
CDA Practice Support can be reached at 800-232-7645 for more information, but there may be a longer wait than usual because of the number of calls.