ADA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Center for Dentists

The COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our daily lives is rapidly evolving. Here are some resources and guidance to help dentists navigate this unprecedented time for their practices, staff and patients

Is your office ready to see patients for non-emergency appointments? 

As some states move to reopen, the ADA’s Advisory Task Force for Dental Practice Recovery has developed this free toolkit with interim guidance which recommends measures to take to help protect patients, staff and dentists from COVID-19 as dental practices re-engage in providing the full range of oral health care.

The toolkit includes:

  • Sample letter to patients
  • Guidance on pre-appointment screening
  • In-office patient registration procedures
  • Reception area preparation strategies
  • Chairside checklist
  • Staff protection strategies
  • Supplies shopping list

The COVID-19 pandemic and our knowledge of the disease is constantly changing, so the toolkit will be updated as we learn more.

Please fill out the form, and you’ll receive an email from the ADA with a link to the toolkit.

Find more guidance, digital events and the latest on COVID-19 and dentistry at ADA.org/virus.

Together, we’re one dental community.

Respiratory Protection in the Era of COVID-19 (Recorded Webinar)

This course will describe the interim recommendations from the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) for personal protective equipment (PPE) in dental settings. As an essential component of delivering care that is safe for dental personnel and for patients, PPE selection, fit, and use are critical. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, dentistry has been introduced to a new level of PPE; the respirator. This course will focus on the steps necessary to introduce the use of N95 and other respirators in dental settings according to OSAP. The speakers will provide practical tips for developing the OSHA respiratory protection program, including fit-testing, medical evaluation, and training. Different levels of surgical masks and how they compare to N95 respirators will be reviewed. In addition, the course will describe the proper steps for donning and doffing of all PPE.

Presenters
Eve Cuny, MS
, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Kathy Ecklund, RDH, MHP, Director of Occupational Health and Safety and Forsyth Research Subject and Patient Safety Advocate, The Forsyth Institute

The Science Behind the Coronavirus, Series I
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times, offers an overview of our special series, The Science Behind the Coronavirus. In this introduction, Soon-Shiong (MD, MBBCh, MSc, FRCS (C), FACS) proposes that understanding how the virus infects our bodies and strategies toward treatment can help us allay our anxiety about it. Soon-Shiong is a surgeon and scientist who has spent his career studying the human immune system to fight cancer and infectious diseases. He is also the chairman and CEO of NantWorks and the owner of or investor in a number of companies, including ImmunityBio and NantKwest which are currently researching immunotherapies for COVID-19.