The scientific community’s understanding of how the SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted and how to best mitigate its spread is improving daily. To help protect patients from acquiring COVID-19 from a dental office nosocomial infection, many state or local governments have classified dental treatments as “non-essential” and put routine dental care on a “pause”. Dentists have been instructed to only perform “emergency” procedures. Unfortunately, there is not a good understanding of what a “dental emergency” is amongst governmental leaders. What a government agency may perceive as an “elective procedure” may be seen as “essential” by the dental clinician responsible for maintaining the oral health of the patient. Each dental specialty understands the effects delayed care has on a patient’s oral and systemic health. Dentistry has made extensive progress in improving oral health through prevention of the “dental emergency”. Today the dental profession must work together to prevent the reversal of the progress dentistry and patients have made to this point.

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