Nearly all dental practices have resumed service, taking extra precautions due to the continued threat of COVID-19 and the emerging flu season. As patients returned, dentists saw the toll the pandemic was taking on teeth through an increase in stress-related oral health conditions.
Dental amalgam is "durable, safe and effective" despite containing mercury, the American Dental Association reaffirmed, responding to a recent statement by the Food and Drug Administration.
The American Dental Association emphasized that dentists, as essential health care workers, should be among those groups allowed early access to the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that people delay dental care. However, as stated in a recent statement, the American Dental Association (ADA) "respectfully yet strongly disagrees."