CDC Dental Guidelines and COVID-19 Resources
Dentist’s Advantage is here to support dentists & dental practices as the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve. We suggest following CDC guidelines, ADA information, and OSHA guidelines along with the advice of local, state and federal health authorities to best protect yourself and your patients during this public health emergency:
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The dental healthcare community is taking urgent action to help protect patients and providers alike from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As of March 18th, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA), and CMS Administrator Seema Verma have urged all dentists to cancel, or at least postpone, all elective and non-urgent dental visits. As of March 26th, the CDC released Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings. Dentists should consult this guidance and continue to check the CDC’s website regularly for updates and new information as it becomes available.
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The best source of information related to COVID-19 is the CDC. For dental settings, the CDC released Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings. Dentists should consult this guidance and continue to check the CDC’s website regularly for updates and new information as it becomes available. The CDC has issued a public health reminder that dental health care personnel should prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks. To preserve personal protective equipment and patient care supplies, and ensure staff and patient safety, the CDC advises that all routine and elective dental treatment be postponed.
Additionally, as of March 16th, the ADA recommended dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow dentists to care for emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.
CDC guidelines note if urgent dental treatment is necessary, dentists should work with medical providers to determine appropriate precautions to take on a case-by-case basis to avoid spreading diseases among patients, visitors, and staff.
For those dental practices prioritizing urgent and emergency visits and procedures, we recommend that providers, patients, and the public exercise extreme precaution to minimize the potential for transferring and contracting this illness. The best source of information related to the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 is the CDC’s interim guidance for infection prevention and control. Further, the FDA is the best source of information regarding PPE supply shortages, and reporting shortages. Dentist’s Advantage has published Frequently Asked Questions to offer guidance for our policyholders around this public health emergency.
Dentists are urged to monitor the CDC's COVID-19 situation webpage for updated insights. Dentists are also reminded that standard precautions should be taken with all patients, at all times.
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