New Aerosol Control Device Provides Affordable Option for COVID-19 Prevention

Posted on January 12, 2021

The AiroPur Dental Aerosol Suction Cup is a disposable suction device for controlling aerosols, especially during procedures such as ultrasonic scaling or coronal polishing. The product provides peace of mind for dentists and hygienists at an extremely friendly price-point. Dental practices can also promote its use to patients as an innovative measure taken against the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses.

Inserts Right into the HVE Hose

The AiroPur inserts right into the end of your High-Volume Evacuation (HVE) hose. The patient holds the top of the AiroPur even with their lower lip while the HVE is operational, effectively pulling aerosols from the mouth and the air surrounding the patient’s face. The simple device eliminates the need for bulky or expensive new equipment, saving dollars as well as precious space in the operatory.

Disposable + Autoclavable

At less than $1 apiece, AiroPur is priced to be inexpensive enough to be disposable. However, its construction also makes the AiroPur autoclavable for re-use.

Pricing and Availability

The AiroPur suction device comes in 40-count packages at a retail price of $39.00. to purchase, visit https://www.hodentalcompany.com/product/airopur-dental-aerosol-suction-cup.

The Fight Against COVID-19

Ho Dental Founder and Inventor Dr. Phillip Ho, DMD, created the AiroPur as the latest in his personal effort to fight against the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Ho also serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for ACatechol, a company recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the development of a germicidal coating technology that protects against the spread of Coronaviruses by touch. His brother, Dr. David Ho, Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, is at the forefront of COVID-19 vaccine development.

About Ho Dental Company

Ho Dental Company is a premier dental supply company located in Las Vegas, NV. Founder Dr. Phillip Ho, DMD, has more than 30 years of product development experience. He also operates a full-time dental practice in Santa Barbara, CA. His goal is to help dentists like himself save time and money while improving results and client satisfaction. Visit: https://www.hodentalcompany.com


Registration is Open for Dentology, Powered By Henry Schein

Posted on January 12, 2021

Henry Schein Inc. today announced that registration for Dentology, powered by Henry Schein, is open. The company’s first virtual international symposium on digital dentistry, the event will provide high-value content through an extensive range of expert-led lectures from internationally renowned dental professionals. Within Dentology, participants from around the globe will be able to engage with industry experts. The event will take place on January 29 and 30, 2021.

The featured keynote speakers for Dentology are Dr. Christian Coachman (Brazil) and Dr.Simon Chard (UK):

Dr. Christian Coachman graduated in Dentistry and in Dental Technology from the University of São Paulo and is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. He will talk about the impact digitalization has had on dentistry; and

Dr. Simon Chard qualified with Honors from King’s College London Dental Institute and selected as the fourth most influential dentist in UK dentistry as voted by the profession in Dentistry Magazine in 2020. He is also a member of the board of directors for the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He will talk about innovation in patient communication with social media.

The Symposium’s experts represent the entire world of digital dentistry, and range from Dr. Ole Schmitt and Dr. Andreas Kurbad (Germany), Prof. Dr. Guillermo Pradíes and Dr. Ferran Llansana (Spain), Dr. Jacques Vermeulen and Dr. Christian Moussally (France), Stefano Negrini and Dr. Mauro Fazioni (Italy), Wouter Reybrouck (Belgium), Prof. Dr. Daniël Wismeijer (The Netherlands), Dr. Ian Buckle (UK) and Dr. Katya Archambault (USA). They will cover topics such as the digital workflow, digital implantology and orthodontics, and the recognition of digital pathology. They will also answer common questions, such as how to best start with digital dentistry, how to make the most of intraoral scanner technologies, and how to use digitalization for customer communication.

The Dentology guest speaker will be Randi Zuckerberg, an entrepreneur, investor, bestselling author, and Emmy-nominated tech media personality. Having been raised by a dentist, Ms. Zuckerberg is familiar with the dental industry. Prior to founding her own company Zuckerberg Media, she was one of the first Facebook employees and was ranked amongst the "50 Digital Power Players" by The Hollywood Reporter.

“With Dentology, Henry Schein underlines the Company’s aim to provide the solutions that dental professionals can use to grow their businesses. We are here to help our customers operate their practice successfully and deliver quality patient care by providing insights into the latest innovations in the business, clinical, technology, and supply chain solutions we offer. This is possible thanks to our network of trusted advisors and commitment to our brand promise that customers can Rely on Us,” said Andrea Albertini, President, EMEA Dental Distribution Group, of Henry Schein.

Newcomers as well as advanced users in digital dentistry can experience the extraordinary opportunities digitalization provides during their visit to the virtual world of Dentology. Henry Schein is leading health care professionals through the full digital journey to best suit their individual practices.

All speeches and breakout sessions from January 29 and 30, 2021 will be available for participants as on-demand videos from February 01 to 27, 2021 on the Dentology platform. This enables participants to review sessions and watch presentations that they were not able to see live. It can also be used to share their experience with their dental team for decision making processes. The event language will be English. All live presentations will be subtitled in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish. A Certificate of Attendance will be available.

More information about the event, the ticketing and registration process, and technical requirements are available at www.dentology.world. Please note that the time zone indicated on the website is CET.

About Henry Schein, Inc. 

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is a solutions company for health care professionals powered by a network of people and technology. With more than 19,000 Team Schein Members worldwide, the Company's network of trusted advisors provides more than 1 million customers globally with more than 300 valued solutions that help improve operational success and clinical outcomes. Our Business, Clinical, Technology, and Supply Chain solutions help office-based dental and medical practitioners work more efficiently so they can provide quality care more effectively. These solutions also support dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, as well as other alternate care sites.

Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items.

A FORTUNE 500 Company and a member of the S&P 500® index, Henry Schein is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., and has operations or affiliates in 31 countries. The Company's sales from continuing operations reached $10.0 billion in 2019, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 13 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995.

For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein, and @HenrySchein on Twitter.


Biolase Announces Agreement with DSO Dental Care Alliance

Posted on January 12, 2021

BIOLASE, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOL), the global leader in dental lasers announced an agreement with Dental Care Alliance (DCA), one of the largest dental support organizations (DSO) in the United States with more than 330 affiliated practices in 20 states, to expand laser adoption and hands-on training programs in targeted geographies. The Company expects the agreement to lead to a rollout across all DCA offices in 2021.

“BIOLASE’s’ EpicX™ and Epic Hygiene™ lasers are the standard of care in the dental industry,” said Dr. Don Gallo, Chief Clinical Officer for DCA. “We believe the adoption of this leading technology in our offices will provide a new standard of care for our hygiene appointments while ensuring a safer environment by reducing aerosolization and addressing early stage periodontal disease. We are excited about the prospect of providing aerosol-free, less invasive soft tissue procedures, thereby creating a superior patient experience.”

“Our industry-leading dental lasers allow us to properly service a customer like DCA, and by reducing aerosols in dental offices we believe we can improve the safety of its office staff and patients,” said Todd Norbe, BIOLASE President and CEO. “The demand for EpicX and Epic Hygiene lasers is rising, and this year alone we have sold over 100 systems to DCA. We are excited to be partnering with DCA as they continue to roll out our Epic lasers across their U.S. offices.”

About Dental Care Alliance

Founded in 1991, DCA is one of the largest multi-branded dental support organizations in the U.S. with more than 330 affiliated practices in 20 states. DCA-affiliated practices provide patients with a wide range of dental services including general dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, and periodontics. DCA provides dentists with clinical autonomy, career satisfaction, and growth opportunities by reducing day-to-day administrative responsibilities so they can focus on providing the best clinical care to each patient.

About BIOLASE, Inc.

BIOLASE is a medical device company that develops, manufactures, markets, and sells laser systems in dentistry and medicine. BIOLASE's products advance the practice of dentistry and medicine for patients and healthcare professionals. BIOLASE's proprietary laser products incorporate approximately 271 patented and 40 patent-pending technologies designed to provide biologically and clinically superior performance with less pain and faster recovery times. BIOLASE's innovative products provide cutting-edge technology at competitive prices to deliver superior results for dentists and patients. BIOLASE's principal products are revolutionary dental laser systems that perform a broad range of dental procedures, including cosmetic and complex surgical applications. BIOLASE has sold over 41,200 laser systems to date in over 80 countries around the world. Laser products under development address BIOLASE's core dental market and other adjacent medical and consumer applications.

For updates and information on Waterlase iPlus®, Waterlase Express™, and laser dentistry, find BIOLASE online at www.biolase.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/biolase, Twitter at www.twitter.com/biolaseinc, Instagram at www.instagram.com/waterlase_laserdentistry, and LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/biolase.

BIOLASE®, EpicX™, Epic Hygiene™, Waterlase® and Waterlase iPlus® are registered trademarks of BIOLASE, Inc. 

Implant dentistry enters new era with launch of Nobel Biocare Xeal™ and TiUltra™ surfaces in the United States

Posted on January 12, 2021

Nobel Biocare invites dental professionals to join the Mucointegration™ era with the launch of the Xeal and TiUltra surfaces in the United States. These new surfaces are applied to implants and abutments, which optimizes tissue integration at every level.

New Xeal abutments feature next-generation surface chemistry designed to promote soft-tissue attachment. In a clinical study with a two-year follow-up, the Xeal surface demonstrated a significant increase in soft-tissue height compared to machined abutment surfaces. After its wide success and adoption in Europe, dental professionals in the United States will now be able to see and experience the pioneering Mucointegration™ surface as it is made available for Nobel Biocare’s On1™ Base and Multi-unit Abutment.

The TiUltra surface promotes early osseointegration. The surface was developed to further promote early osseointegration and support bone stability. With an ultra-hydrophilic, multi-zoned implant surface, the TiUltra surface is taking anodization technology one step further. Roughness, porosity, and surface chemistry are important factors for tissue integration. Surface chemistry, in particular, plays a vital role in enhancing cellular attachment.

The TiUltra surface is now available through Nobel Biocare’s NobelActive®, NobelParallel™ Conical Connection, and NobelReplace® Conical Connection implants. When combined with the Xeal abutment surface, dental professionals will have a complete solution for tissue integration.

”Dental professionals are now able to experience the Xeal and TiUltra surfaces in their practice and discover how important the soft-tissue barrier becomes in protecting the underlying bone. It is this feature that promotes the basis for long-term tissue health and stability, which will not only be appreciated by the clinician, but by the patient as well.” said Patrik Eriksson, Nobel Biocare’s President.

Nobel Biocare is a world leader in the field of innovative implant-based dental restorations. The company’s portfolio offers solutions from single tooth to fully edentulous indications with dental implant systems (including key brands NobelActive® and NobelParallel™), a comprehensive range of high-precision individualized prosthetics and CAD/CAM systems (NobelProcera®), digital solutions for treatment planning (DTX Studio™ suite) and guided surgery, as well as biomaterials (creos™ regenerative solutions). Nobel Biocare supports its customers through all phases of professional development, offering world-class training and education along with practice support and patient information materials. 


Polaroid HealthCare introduces new Polaroid P31 Caries Detector

Posted on January 11, 2021

 3-In-1 Combo Fluorescence Caries Detector, Transilluminator, IO camera, all in one device!

The just released Polaroid P31 is the first Full HD 1920 X 1080P Caries Detection device that allows the user to display all 3 methods of visible caries detection at once with just one press of the capture button. Each detection mode has its advantages, as well as limits and may not be perfect for every situation. The P31 solves this by capturing a White light (natural color) image, a Fluorescence Image, and a Transilumination image at the same time and positions them side by side so that you can compare them and gather the most information to help you make a more informed decision regarding the needed treatment plan. The three side by side images are also great for educating your patient, as well as submitting to the insurance companies.

The P31 is shaped like a highspeed handpiece. Its lightweight 2.2oz metal body is comfortable to hold, as well as being very durable. The P31 is packed with innovative and user friendly modern features such as: Dual Fluorescence Modes, choose to view healthy teeth in either a green color, or natural tooth color, while carious bacteria biofilm glows red for easy identification of problem areas. The new Polaroid P31’s Liquid lens optics with autofocus, can go from a macro close-up, out to infinity with just a single press of the capture button, similar to today’s Smart phones. A built-in Gyro Air mouse, saves then user wasted time and motion reaching for a mouse and possibly breaking contamination protocols. Adjust the color output to your display as cool, natural, or warm to maximize what color shades you see. Black and White mode, and more.

The slim, retraction style head has 30 unique LEDs that surround the lens to help prevent shadows as sometimes seen with other products. 8 White LEDs are used for IO camera viewing, 8 UV LEDs are used to cause carious biofilm to fluoresce red, and 14 IR LEDs, similar to Night Vision devices, create a high transparency light source that allows the user to examine the inside of enamel, without ionizing X-ray use. This can be helpful when examining cancer patients, children, pregnant women, and those looking to avoid X-ray ionization. The P31 is also ideal for those practices looking for a more holistic approach by taking as few X-rays as is necessary.

For additional information, please contact: http://www.polaroidhealth.com


‘You Can’t Beat the CS 9600:’ 1,000th System Installed

Posted on January 11, 2021

One million acquisitions, more than 500,000 patients, four awards and one Scan Ceph module enhancement later, the CS 9600 CBCT has reached another exciting milestone: 1,000 systems installed. This newest landmark is a testament to Carestream Dental’s premier five-in-one imaging system’s innovation, ease-of-use and life-changing power.

What makes the system so popular is its ability to be used for almost all clinical procedures from implants to guided surgery to orthodontic procedures. Advanced integration with dental software and third-party solutions solidifies the CS 9600 as the foundation for true end-to-end specialty workflows.

“Carestream Dental’s strength has always been its ability to take data and put it to work for clinicians,” Dr. Ed Shellard, chief dental officer, Carestream Dental, said. “In the CS 9600 we see software algorithms, smart technology and artificial intelligence (AI) combine to transform the way doctors diagnose, treat and care for patients from the first scan through treatment and follow-up.”

The system, launched in 2018, is the culmination of years of research and customer input. The design process thoughtfully considered the experience that each end user would have when encountering the CS 9600: Clinical experience, staff/assistant experience, practice owner experience and patient experience.

For Clinicians

Advanced features like 120 kV imaging for increasing image quality; 14 fields of view, ranging from 4cm x 4cm to 16 cm x 17cm, to cover the needs of nearly any procedure; and Live Positioning Assistant all deliver enhanced imaging. Algorithms that reduce metal artifacts—CS MAR—improve images even more so doctors can make more confident diagnoses.

“The 120 kV imaging and CS MAR feature continue to impress me,” Dr. Matthew Nichols, D.D.S., Oral & Facial Surgery, Manchester, Tenn., said. “All in all, I would say that you can’t beat the CS 9600.”

To capture sharper images in a reproducible way, image processing software deliver ultra-sharp images. When acquiring a panoramic image, Tomosharp technology recognizes the area where the anatomy is the sharpest and reconstructs the best possible panoramic image automatically. These sharper, well-positioned images enable better diagnostics.

For Staff/Assistants

Patient positioning powered by AI automatically detects and traces the Frankfort plane to achieve proper positioning effortlessly and to reduce one of the most common positioning mistakes. When combined with video camera assistance and face-to-face positioning, this unique technology dramatically facilitates patient alignment, increases exam precision and reduces risk of retakes.

“With the addition of smart features, such as the ‘live positioning assistant’ cameras, it’s quite simple for my staff to easily and efficiently position the patient in order to get precisely the image we need,” Dr. Nichols said.

For Practice Owners

For practice owners looking to expand the services their offices offer, the CS 9600 was designed to be scalable. In 2020, a Scan Ceph module was launched, allowing users to add an orthodontic feature to the system and do more for their patients. Once a cephalometric image is captured, Carestream Dental’s industry-leading auto-tracing feature can save doctors valuable time by automatically recognizing anatomical structures and tracing them in just a few seconds—as opposed to the five to 10 minutes other orthodontic software takes. Ultimately, doctors gain back time that could be used for more in-depth diagnosis or personalized patient interaction.

For Patients

Patients benefit the most from the enhanced care the CS 9600 enables their doctor to provide, but of course there are other little details that keep patient comfort in mind. For example, an integrated seat and a jewelry tray make it easy for patients to prepare themselves for imaging.

The CS 9600 is also the first of Carestream Dental’s systems to feature CS UpStream, which turns the system into a connected device. Data from the machine is constantly being monitored and sent back to Carestream Dental. Should there ever be an issue with the system, technicians can review the CS 9600’s historical performance and find solutions sooner.

Not only do doctors, staff and patients all rave about the CS 9600, the system comes highly recommended by the oral healthcare industry. It’s been awarded a 2019 and 2020 Cellerant Best of Class Technology Award, a Bronze Edison Award and the Krakdent Medal of the Highest Quality.

To learn more about the CS 9600, visit carestreamdental.com/cs9600. Clinicians can also configure their own CS 9600 to meet their practices’ unique needs at caretreamdental.com/9600Config.     

Toothpic and Philips named as CES 2021 Innovation Award Honoree for outstanding design and engineering in Health and Wellness Category

Posted on January 11, 2021

Toothpic, the Smart Dental company, today announces that together with its partner Philips, it has been named as a Health and Wellness Innovation Honoree at the CES 2021 awards. The award was presented to Philips and Toothpic for its outstanding design and engineering in the consumer market for its unique dental app.

Toothpic's innovative photo-based app gives users instant access to dental advice from a certified dentist in less than 24 hours by taking a photo of the problem area with a smartphone.

After reviewing a member's case using bespoke, high-resolution imagery, a dentist will directly respond with a personalized diagnostic report and information about treatment options, costs and in-app access to an insurance provider directory.

Mark Moore, CEO and Co Founder at Toothpic, commented: "We are thrilled to be named as an Honoree by CES at this year's awards. Now more than ever we should all be looking after not just our physical and mental health, but also our oral health. Technology can play a key role in this, and our smart dental solution provides a vastly improved experience for the patient to move them from treatment to prevention."

CES is the most influential technology event in the world, showcasing breakthrough technologies. The CES Innovation Awards is an annual competition honouring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology.

About Toothpic

Toothpic is a leading smart dental technology company on a mission to improve the oral health of 1 billion people globally by 2030. Toothpic partners with ambitious organizations including health plans, dental providers and oral care companies to expand access to care, increase quality and improve oral health outcomes for individuals. Since 2012 the company has leveraged the power of technologies such as smartphone imagery, AI and data-driven insights to complement its deep clinical expertise and rapidly growing teledentistry network of over 1,600 providers. Today, Toothpic is made available to millions of individuals through its partners. These partners are the largest and most progressive oral health companies globally, helping define and build a future of dental care that is integrated, accessible and designed to achieve improved outcomes and higher-quality care at a lower cost for all. More information about Toothpic can be found at www.toothpic.com


AACD Welcomes Newest Accredited Fellow Members to Ranks of Elite Practitioners

Posted on January 11, 2021

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) recently recognized two dental professionals who have demonstrated their dedication to continuing education and responsible patient care by achieving Accredited Fellow status in the AACD. This year, the AACD will honor these two newly Accredited Fellow members at the 37th Annual AACD Scientific Session.

The purpose of Fellowship is to provide the highest level of achievement for members in accordance with the AACD's mission of education and excellence.

AACD’s new Accredited Fellow members include:

Aparna Sadineni, DDS, FAACD, earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery at The University of California, San Francisco in 2005. She continues to develop her skills and artistry through numerous continuing education courses. In 2017, Dr. Sadineni became an Accredited Member of the AACD. Dr. Sadineni’s favorite aspect of dentistry is the opportunity to serve others because she truly values the relationships she builds with her patients, staff, and community. She also gives back by participating in the Give Back A Smile program. Dr. Sadineni is a big believer in advocacy on behalf of the profession, which has led her to involvement with the Academy of General Dentistry. In her free time, Dr. Sadineni travels and spends time with her husband Kishore. Dr. Sadineni is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters, Meghana and Srighana.

Michael Brumm, DMD, CDT, FAAACD, received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville in 2006 and his Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Kentucky in 2001. He lectures nationally and internationally and is one of only a few dentists in the United States to have obtained additional qualifications as a Certified Dental Technician. He is an active member and lecturer for the Seattle Study Club, the Upper Pinellas County Dental Association and is the Past-President of the Florida Academy of Cometic Dentistry. Dr. Brumm is married and has five beautiful children: Mabry, Makayla, Mila, Michael Jr. and Monica. His interests outside of the dental profession include golf, travel, and fitness.

For more information about AACD’s credentialing programs, visit www.aacd.com/accreditationfellowship.

About the AACD

The AACD is the world’s largest non-profit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care, combining art and science to optimally improve dental health, esthetics, and function. Comprised of more than 3,000 cosmetic dental professionals in 70 countries worldwide, the AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities, promoting and supporting a respected Accreditation credential, serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas, and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession.

Artificial Intelligence Technology Powers Award-Winning Clinical Research in Dentistry

Posted on January 8, 2021

Dentists can expect to be better than ever before in catching undiagnosed or overlooked conditions and identifying pathologies thanks to Denti.AI’s radiographic analysis, new clinical research shows.

The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology awarded the prestigious 2020 Albert G. Richards Graduate Student Research Award to a University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry graduate student who showed the artificial intelligence software often accurately identified pathoses missed by board-certified dental experts.

Manal Hamdan, DDS, conducted the study titled “Detecting Apical Radiolucencies Using Deep Learning Technology: A Pilot Study.” She concluded that Denti.AI’s technology had comparable or improved results, and the artificial intelligence tool has the potential to reduce provider fatigue and diagnostic errors. Her poster on the same research won first prize for the best scientific poster at the AAOMR annual session.

Dr. Don Tyndall, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the Adams School of Dentistry stated, “Dr. Hamdan’s research is an excellent example of university and business collaboration utilizing experts in radiology, deep learning and statistical analysis to produce clinically relevant and potentially game changing results validating software that can elevate patient care.”

“Our team at Denti.AI is committed to being at the forefront of implementing artificial intelligence into clinical practices through rigorous academic validation and collaboration with leading academic institutions,” said Dmitry Tuzoff, founder and CEO of Denti.AI.

This is the second academic award the company’s product has received this year. The University of Louisville awarded first prize to a separate clinical study featuring Denti.AI’s technology.

“We are building technology to help support oral health providers by bringing clarity, standardization, quality assurance, efficiency, and trust to the dental marketplace,” said Eric Pulver, DDS, the Chief Dental Officer of Denti.AI.

With Denti.AI’s radiograph analysis, providers will catch more pathologies and help patients better understand the need for treatment to increase both quality of care and case acceptance. Denti.AI’s cloud-based software centralizes the clinical data into its analytics platform, which makes it easy to see business performance in relation to hard clinical data. Plus, its patent-pending auto-charting technology incorporates the radiographs directly into the clinical workflow which improves operational efficiency.

Thanks to the AI-powered medical imaging technology, dental practices gain profitability, speed and quality. With Denti.AI, it only takes several seconds to interpret a series of intraoral x-rays or a panoramic image and produce a complete dental chart. Based on the experience of professional radiologists who participated in the training of the algorithms, Denti.AI looks to find what the naked eye often cannot. You can see for yourself at Denti.AI.

Denti.AI (http://www.denti.ai) is a software company that leverages AI analysis of dental x-rays to detect key abnormalities, past dental treatments, and other relevant features to find problems earlier and improve productivity. Its cloud-based service is integrated with a range of practice management software and imaging equipment, automating the clinical workflow of dental support organizations across North America.

For more information, or to participate in a free trial, visit http://www.denti.ai

CA Dentists Approved to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted on January 8, 2021

On March 4, 2020, the Governor proclaimed a State of Emergency to exist in California as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 to make additional resources available, formalize emergency actions already underway across multiple state agencies and departments, and help the state prepare to respond to an increasing number of individuals requiring medical care and hospitalization as a result of a broader spread of COVID-19.

Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-39-20, during the State of Emergency, the Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs may waive any statutory or regulatory professional licensing requirements and amend scopes of practice pertaining to individuals licensed pursuant to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code, including dentists.

California dentists have a broad scope of practice. Business and Professions Code section 1625 provides that dentists may diagnose or treat, by surgery or other method, diseases and lesions, and they can correct malpositions of the human teeth, alveolar process, gums, jaws, or associated structures. Such diagnosis or treatment may include all necessary related procedures as well as the use of drugs, anesthetic agents, and physical evaluation.

Pursuant to Executive Order N-39-20, the Director waives Business and Professions Code section 1625 to the extent it prohibits licensed dentists from independently initiating and administering COVID-19 vaccines that are approved or authorized by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to persons 16 years of age or older and, in cases involving a severe allergic reaction, epinephrine or diphenhydramine by injection, subject to the following conditions:

• The dentist successfully completes all of the following COVID-19 training programs available through the Centers for Disease Control and


o “COVID-19 Vaccine Training: General Overview of Immunization Best Practices for Healthcare Providers”;

o “What Every Clinician Should Know about COVID-19 Vaccine Safety”;

o “What Clinicians Need to Know About the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines”; and,

o “Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know”.

• The dentist complies with all applicable federal and state recordkeeping and reporting requirements, including providing documentation to the patient’s primary care provider, as applicable, and enters information in the appropriate immunization registry designated by the immunization branch of the State Department of Public Health.

• The subject vaccine is administered in accordance with any applicable FDA emergency use authorization. Dentists acting within the scope of this Order may independently initiate and administer to persons 16 years of age or older any COVID-19 vaccines that are approved or authorized by the FDA, as specified, and may also initiate and administer epinephrine or diphenhydramine by injection for the treatment of a

severe allergic reaction. This order is effective immediately but may be amended as circumstances require. 

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