Posted by Paul Blanchard on May 09, 2020
Friday, May 8, 2020

On March 17, 2020 the New Brunswick Dental Society (NBDS) issued a strong recommendation to its members and the public that dentistry was restricted to emergency care.

On March 19, 2020, the Province of New Brunswick issued a mandatory order restricting dentistry to emergency and essential services only.

As of 2:30 pm today, the Province of New Brunswick confirmed that upon confirmation of an Operational Plan, that dentistry will no longer be restricted to emergencies.  The NBDS has developed an operational plan that complements the provincial plan, and which must be adhered to by its members.

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

Members will need to prepare for a return to work and comply with this new operating plan and for this reason dental offices will not be open until Wednesday May 13, 2020.

Today’s announcement is good news for our province and for dental patients.

Paul Blanchard

Executive Director

New Brunswick Dental Society