Guidelines for Oral Health Practitioners

Updated 25 February 2022

COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light settings)

Oral health professionals will be following the Dental Council’s Supplementary Standard to the Infection Prevention and Control Practice Standard - Risk management principles for oral health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All patients need to be asked and are required to answer the following risk assessment questions prior to their appointment and confirmed on their arrival.

  1. Do you or any member of your household have COVID-19 or are you waiting for a COVID-19 PCR test result? (not a routine surveillance test result) 
  2. Are you required to self-isolate (including arrival from overseas)?
  3. Do you have ANY of the following symptoms now, or in the last 14 days? 
    – Fever, acute cough or shortness of breath 
    – Muscle aches, loss of smell, sore throat 
    – Generally feeling unwell with no other likely diagnosis 
  4. Do you have any other reason to think that you are at risk of having COVID-19?