A Message from State Oral Health Coalition about COVID-19

As the reach of the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies around the state, the PA Coalition for Oral Health (PCOH) is increasingly concerned about access to emergency dental care for everyone in Pennsylvania who may need it. We applaud Governor Wolf for prohibiting elective dental procedures in his statement around life-sustaining businesses last week. It may be increasingly difficult for people to find care as restrictions are announced, and we do have concerns that very few offices in the state will be able to continue providing emergency dental treatment. We are addressing these concerns to those in leadership and continue to work towards a solution to offer palliative care and emergency treatment in the safest manner possible to all who need it.

“What Constitutes a Dental Emergency” 
American Dental Association

“Infection Control Guidelines for Healthcare Personnel” 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“Guidance on COVID-19 for Dental Health Care Personnel in Pennsylvania” 
Pennsylvania Department of Health