On Wednesday, the United Nations-based health authority issued its newest guidance, this time declaring that people should not go to the dentist.
The WHO said that preventative oral hygiene and non-emergency dental care should be off-limits until there is a “sufficient reduction in COVID-19 transmission rates.”
Instead, the international health bureaucracy said that dentists and patients should have online appointments and remote screenings. It further directed dentists and oral health care professionals to use social media as a substitute for in-person communication whenever possible.
The guidance is laughable except for the influence the WHO wields over deferential government agencies, media organizations and the health care industry.
If anything—President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw notwithstanding— the WHO’s influence has grown since it was proven to have deliberately lied to protect China‘s communist party in the early months of the virus outbreak.
The WHO backed Chinese authorities on Jan. 14 in saying that there was “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission.”
The assertion was absolutely false, as the city of Wuhan was engulfed with human-to-human transmissions at the time.
The shrewd dishonesty led to untold economic and human suffering on multiple continents as many governments looked to the WHO to help them prepare for a pandemic virus.
During a Feb. 24 press conference, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised “China’s bold approach” to the pandemic and said China had “changed the course” of the spread of the disease. That was also a lie.
During a Feb. 27 press conference Tedros advisor Bruce Aylward said, “If I had COVID-19, I’d want to be treated in China.” But to-date, no one knows the real numbers of infections and deaths in the close-lipped country of 1.3 billion people.
China also lobbied the U.N. to elect Tedros to head the WHO. Tedros was previously the health minister for the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, a violent Marxist regime.
In response to the WHO’s new anti-dentistry guidelines, the American Dental Association issued a statement saying it “respectfully yet strongly” disagreed.
“Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry is essential health care,” ADA President Dr. Chad P. Gehani said.
“Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health,” he added.
Gehani also cited ADA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines allowing dentists and oral health professionals to operate while using strict safety protocols.
“Millions of patients have safely visited their dentists in the past few months for the full range of dental services,” he said.
But with the WHO’s outsize ability to affect public policy, and the news media’s willingness to parrot the organization’s diktats, the dental industry may soon experience existential scrutiny.