Iowans still reluctant to visit their dentist over COVID-19 concerns

Alonzo Osche

Almost a year into the pandemic, 1 in 5 Iowans are still delaying oral health care procedures.

DES MOINES, Iowa — It has probably never been many people’s favorite thing to do, but now, even fewer people are going to see their dentist.

Nearly a year after the pandemic first hit, the Iowa Dental Association says that 20% of their patients haven’t returned.  The association’s president-elect Dr. Zachary Kouri said fears over COVID-19 are keep some patients away.

“I believe we’re safer than going to a grocery store; I believe we’re safer than going into a gas station or any

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