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ADA Urges CDC To Update Guidance For Dental Practices, CDC Director Testifies Agency Supports Association Guidance

United Journal of Dentistry and Oral Health
The ADA News (5/12, Garvin) reports that the ADA has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to “provide guidance” on how to safely reopen dental practices. The article said ADA President Chad P. Gehani and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin sent a May 6 letter to CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D., asking the CDC “to update its guidance to address how to protect dental personnel returning to work during the deceleration phase of COVID-19. Such guidance will give states the confidence to permit the safe reopening of dental offices and enable patients to access essential dental care.”

The article also said that during the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions’ May 12 hearing, COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) singled out dentists and their efforts in reopening their practices safely.

“If dentists are following ADA guidelines on infection protocols, strict protection measures and closely examining and seeing decline of COVID-19 patients in their county, are these reasonable factors to consider for re-opening dental practices?” Sen. Collins asked. “Dental health is so important.”

Dr. Redfield “testified that the agency is working closely with the ADA and dentists” and that he “would not disagree” with ADA guidance, the article noted.

“We are in the process of updating CDC guidelines, which will include dental practice guidelines,” Dr. Redfield said.

The New York Post (5/12, Bowden) and Dentistry IQ (5/12, Kulsrud) also provide coverage of Sen. Collins’ comments during the hearing.

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In addition, the ADA offers the Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit, a free resource to help dentists return to more normal practice operations while taking precautions to protect staff, patients, and themselves from COVID-19.