Updated March 27, 2020
Stay tuned to this webpage for ongoing updates to the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
From the AAE:
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.
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:
- 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;
- Change masks between patients, or during patient treatment if the mask becomes wet.
Patient Resource Center
To help communicate new practice developments around COVID-19 to patients, we've created a sample message template.
- Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Communicating With Patients
- For Patients: Infection Control
- Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 | Five Things To Know About Properly Washing Your Hands
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.
State Dental Organizations
- Ohio State Dental Board: COVID-19 Advisory
- ISDS Issues Recommendations for Dental Offices Regarding COVID-19
- New York State Dental Association: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- California Dental Association: Urgent COVID-19 Updates
- Washington State Dental Association: COVID-19 Resources for Dentists
- Tennessee Dental Association: COVID-19