Coronavirus: Dental hygienists concerned dentists are still providing non-essential service

The B.C. Dental Hygienists Association is concerned dentists in the province are ignoring advice and continuing to operate regular service, despite the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Andrea Burton, executive director of the association, says there are some hygienists being told they will get fired if they don’t show up to work.

“They are being threatened by their dentists. They say, ‘If you don’t come to work, I’m firing you,’” Burton said.

“Unfortunately there are dentists that are saying we are staying open and our booking all their regular appointments next week. You need to do cleaning. You need to do polishing.”

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