ARUNDEL (WGME) — After a multi-month closure at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maine’s dentist offices are finally hitting their groove.
“Actually, it’s been super busy, The PPE, it’s there. It’s just not there at a level we may all love but it’s there,” said Dr. Anthony Altieri of Advanced Sedation and General Dentistry.
He and other Maine dentists say the health and safety guidelines have kept people safe.
“We’re being very cautious, we got a thermometer, sanitizing everything all day,” said Dr. C.J. Thomas of Southern Mane Endodontics.
“Everyone is wearing a mask, and again, the sanitation at a dental office is amazing,” he said.
That is why these dentists were surprised to learn the World Health Organization is recommending all dentists postpone non-emergency services.
Dentists said there are no reported cases of COVID-19 starting at a dental practice in Maine.
They also said closing offices again would be bad for patients and that any closure could end up being permanent for some businesses.
The Maine Board of Dental Practice says at this time there are no plans to change the kinds of services allowed.