It appears coronavirus has delivered one dose of good news for those who loathe a trip to the dentist.
The World Health Organization has issued new guidance advising people to postpone routine dental cleanings amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the WHO, all dental cleanings, oral health checkups and other preventative care should be delayed until coronavirus numbers in communities ease because dentists work in close proximity with patients for prolonged periods of time.
“Their procedures involve face-to-face communication and frequent exposure to saliva, blood, and other body fluids and handling sharp instruments,” the guidance said. “Consequently, they are at high risk of being infected with SARS-CoV-2 or passing the infection to patients.”