COVID-19 Information for Dental Patients

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As of February 24, 2021

BCDA COVID-19 Dental Care Resource Information and Media Statements



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. 

Find A Dentist near you

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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