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COVID-19 Updates & Resources

Updated March 27, 2020

Stay tuned to this webpage for ongoing updates to the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Implications for Dental Care

If pharmacotherapy is insufficient, a recent review co-authored by Dr. Ken M. Hargreaves summarizes considerations for appropriate dental care. The article covers symptoms of coronavirus, routes of transmission, and patient management and prevention of nosocomial infection.

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Availability of Personal Protective Equipment

The CDC has not changed its guidance on single-use disposable face masks, which are regulated by FDA to be single use and should be worn once and discarded.

Page 41 of the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings has the following guidance:

  1. Wear a surgical mask and eye protection with solid side shields or a face shield to protect mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth during procedures likely to generate splashing or spattering of blood or other body fluids;
  2. Change masks between patients, or during patient treatment if the mask becomes wet.

CDC Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE

Patient Resource Center

To help communicate new practice developments around COVID-19 to patients, we've created a sample message template.

Tapping Into Teledentistry

Teledentistry is an emerging trend for health centers and is a viable option to expanding offsite direct dental services. Health centers can use this checklist in planning for a teledentistry or virtual dental program.

Coronavirus State-by-State Recommendations for Dental Clinics