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Coronavirus: New Brunswick dental offices will not open before May 13

The New Brunswick Dental Society says its members offices won't open until at least May 13. Getty Images / File

If you’ve been waiting through the coronavirus pandemic for a teeth-cleaning in New Brunswick, you may need to wait just a little bit longer.

The New Brunswick Dental Society (NBDS) said late on Friday that they don’t’ expect to have dental offices open until at least Wednesday, May 13.

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The NBDS said it needs time to allow its members to prepare to follow the society’s new operational plan.

Those plans were a requirement for all businesses planning to reopen in New Brunswick under the province’s “orange” phase in its COVID-19 recovery plan.

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Dentist offices have been shuttered since New Brunswick declared a state of emergency in March.

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“The NBDS Operational Plan is our new standard of practice and must be implemented in each clinic prior to any return to practice,” said Joy Carmichael, president of the NBDS.

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“We will be placing a strong emphasis in the early stages, on physical distancing and on the importance of dealing with the backlog of patients who have been unable to receive full dental care in the past seven weeks.”

 

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