April 10, 2020 Morganton News Herald
While oral health providers have been prompted to postpone all elective procedures, many are available to see patients with emergency dental needs who would otherwise have to seek care at an emergency department. The N.C. Oral Health Collaborative has released a statewide map of emergency oral health resources, including Federally Qualified Health Centers, county health departments and free and charitable clinics, for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The map is available at https://oralhealthnc.org/covid-19/. If patients require care for an urgent oral health need, they should find a nearby practice, but call before going in. Practice sites may have special guidance to ensure the safety of staff and patients alike.