Dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Victorian dental practices are a permitted workplace. It is important not to delay dental care during the pandemic. Going to the dentist for check-ups every six–12 months helps to prevent dental problems or find them early. If you notice any signs of a dental problem, visit your dentist to avoid any problems becoming worse.

Visiting the dentist

It is safe to attend dental appointments, as dental practices have strict infection control procedures in place, and other measures to protect patients and staff, including COVIDSafe Plans. Dental practices may 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.

If you have 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 and Human Services website or call the Victorian coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Note: This information was updated 1 October. 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. Download Part 1 | Download Part 2