the Australian Dental Association
Written by the Australian Dental Association, Jul 15, 2022
Fact Checked

Dental clinics around Australia continue to care for patients as we all battle through the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maintaining your oral health is more important now than ever and the Australian Dental Association encourages you to keep in contact with your dentist and to use the information on this page to help you to care for your dental health.

Is it safe to visit the dentist?

Australian dental clinics have the highest infection control standards in the world. The safety of patients and dental teams is a key part of Australian dental clinic care. Dentists may take extra precautions to keep you safe during the pandemic.

You should not delay dental treatment if your dentist is open and able to help.

If you are required to quarantine, or you are experiencing cold and flu symptoms, please delay your dental appointment until you are better and get tested for COVID-19.

What should I expect if I do see my dentist?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, additional steps are being taken to stop the spread of the virus. You might see an empty waiting room or there may be social distancing requirements. You may also be asked to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser when you arrive at the dental clinic. 

If you have any questions about these additional steps please ask your dentist.

Can I be treated for a dental emergency if I have COVID-19?

If you have COVID-19 and have a dental emergency, dental treatment is available as an in-patient or within a hospital setting by appropriately trained and credentialled dental personnel.