March 29, 2020 Statesville Record & Landmark
North Carolinians visit emergency departments for non-traumatic oral health issues at twice the national rate. While oral health providers have been prompted to postpone all elective procedures — following guidance from the American Dental Association and the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners — many are available to see patients who would otherwise have to seek care at an emergency department.
If patients require care for an urgent oral health need, it is recommended that they find a nearby practice, but to call before going in. Practice sites may have special guidance to ensure the safety of staff and patients alike. Additionally, due to the strain on the entire public health system, hours of operation are subject to change.