Dentists in Lincoln, Nebraska, have been telling residents to check with their families about dental care before getting a procedure.
In the town of 4,500, where a recent coronavirus outbreak has killed at least 17 people, a local dentist told local television station KETV that he’s seeing more and more family members with a history of health problems.
The Lincoln Journal-Star reported in August that the town’s dental clinic, the Lincoln-Dentists Association, had a backlog of more than 100 patients and was being overwhelmed by requests.
Dr. Jason Leach, president of the association, said dental patients in Lincoln are being sent to other clinics to see a doctor who has a different practice.
He said he’s had patients come in and say, ‘We need to see you, we have this problem, I don’t want you to do this.’
“Dr. Leach said he knows the problem is widespread in the state.”
You have a problem in your community.””
It’s all of Nebraska.
You have a problem in your community.”
He said it’s critical to get dental care appointments, even if it means waiting at a hospital, because it can save lives.
Lincoln is in the western part of Nebraska, which is about 40 miles north of Omaha.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.