Dental Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Victorian dental practices are permitted workplaces and it is still safe to attend dental appointments. This page was updated on 28 July 2021.
It is safe to attend dental appointments (in accordance with current government restrictions), as dental practices have strict infection control procedures in place, and other measures to protect patients and staff, including COVIDSafe Plans.
Dental practices will ask patients if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been somewhere that may have exposed them to COVID-19 before dental appointments. It is important that you check and inform your dentist if you have been at one of the exposure sites listed here before attending the dentist. Your dentist may defer some non-urgent dental care if you are currently experiencing symptoms or have been to a COVID-19 exposure site recently.
If you have been to an expsoure site, or been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 and are required to quarantine, or you are experiencing cold and flu symptoms, please delay your dental appointment and get tested for COVID-19. You must stay at home and isolate until you receive your test result. For further information, visit the Victorian Department of Health website or call the Victorian coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
Note: This information was updated 28 July 2021. As COVID-19 infection rates and restrictions change, so too may the restrictions around dental treatment. Check back before your dental appointment or phone your dentist to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.
Caring for your teeth
For tips and advice about taking care of your oral health, view our fact sheets. We have a range of fact sheets freely available to download with vital information about caring for your teeth, including two new 'COVID-19 pandemic: Getting your dental health back on track' fact sheets.