The spread of COVID-19 continues to be the most prominent and pressing topic in world news. As a dental health care provider, it is critical that you stay up to date on the latest information so you can keep your patients and practices safe.
Below are resources from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), as well as dental-specific resources we have created to break down the information and support you further. This page will continue to be updated with new information as it becomes available.
Closing and Re-opening Office Tools
Professional Guidance Documents and Links
NEW: 6/17 UPDATED CDC GUIDANCE: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response
- Providers who suspect a patient is infected with COVID-19 should immediately notify the infection control personnel at their facility and contact either the local or state health department
Presenter: Mary Govoni (CDA, RDH, MBA)
On June 17, 2020, the CDC again updated its Interim guidance for Dental Settings in the COVID-19 Response. These updates are important for all dental team members to be aware of, and include clarification of the wait time needed for cleaning and disinfection of treatment rooms after the patient has left the room, the time frame in which patients need to report to the practice if they test positive for COVID-19 after their dental treatment and additional information on engineering controls that assist in clearing aerosols from the treatment room air during and after treatment.
Presenter: Mary Govoni (CDA, RDH, MBA)
Dental practices are in the process of seeing patients for elective care again. In response to the reopening of these practices, the CDC has published updates to their interim guidance for infection control in dental settings. This course will highlight the key concepts and recommendations in these guidelines that were updated on May 19, 2020. Topics will include patient screening and management of exposures, PPE requirements, work practice and engineering controls for dental practices, cleaning and disinfecting protocols and protocols to follow for screening and managing potential exposures to dental team members.
Presenter: Mary Govoni CDA, RDH, MBA
This course is designed to assist teams in preparation for treating patients again and implementing best practices for improved safety. Discussion topics will include current CDC guidelines for screening patients, changes in scheduling patients, selection of appropriate PPE, disinfection protocols, product selection and complying with all OSHA requirements and CDC guidelines for infection prevention and control.
Presenter: Mary Govoni (CDA, RDH, MBA) and Jessica Wilson (MPH)
We know that there will be a "new normal" in dental practices when treatment of elective patients resumes. Both the team and the patients need to be prepared to function efficiently within the new practice parameters. This course includes developing a questionnaire for patient screening prior to the appointment, pre and post treatment protocols, and post treatment follow-up with patients.
(1.5 CE Credits) COVID-19 Town Hall: Q & A with 4 Infection Prevention Compliance Consultants - Live
Presenter: Mary Govoni CDA, RDH, MBA | Olivia Wann, JD | Linda Harvey, MS, RDH, HRM | Leslie Canham, DA, RDA
Back by popular demand. We have brought together infection prevention and control compliance consultants for a town all style presentation that will answer the most common questions about COVID-19 as it relates to dental practices. Consultants will review new recommendations from the CDC for screen patients, PPE requirements, and managing product shortages, as well as protecting patients and dental teams from aerosol and droplet contamination. Additional topics that will be discussed include hand hygiene, disinfectant selection, importance of practice protocols, and how to know what the current recommendations, directives and regulations are and how they apply to dentistry. The webinar will be presented in a question and answer format, with time for live Q & A as well.
(1.5 CE Credits) A Clinical Perspective on Coronavirus and Important Infection Control Caveats in the Dental Healthcare Setting
Presenter: Hudson Garrett Jr. PhD
This webinar will review the current state of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak as well as evidence based strategies necessary to mitigate transmission to dental healthcare professionals and patients. The program will review a common sense approach to ensuring safety and also ensuring continuity of clinical operations within individual practice environments.
Presenter: Eve Cuny
As we continue to cope with a global public health emergency, understanding dentistry’s role and restrictions is vital to protect the health of dental personnel, patients and the public. This course will provide dental professionals in private practice, and administrators in dental education with information on strategies to reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19, operate your business under increasing restrictions, manage the urgent needs of your patients, and communicate to your patients, employees, and other critical partners. During the pause that we all must take, you can also begin planning for how you will resume business when it is safe to do so.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update - What Clinicians Need to Know to Prepare for COVID-19 in the United States
During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn what they can do to prepare for COVID-19 including identifying persons under investigation, applying infection prevention and control measures, assessing risks for exposures, optimizing the use of personal protective equipment supplies, and managing and caring for patients (inpatient and at home).