National Safety Month: Operation Smile Provides Safe Surgery Around The World In Wake Of Covid-19

Posted on June 23, 2021

National Safety Month is an annual observance during the month of June which observes the importance of following safety guidelines in our daily lives.

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, safety is more critical than ever, and volunteer based nonprofit, Operation Smile, is adapting their practices to ensure that children are still able to receive life-changing surgeries in our changed world.

Operation Smile is celebrating National Safety Month by highlighting the ways in which its dedicated volunteers continue to provide safe surgical care for patients with cleft conditions worldwide.

In March 2020, Operation Smile made the decision to suspend international travel for medical volunteers and postpone medical missions and treatment at care centers. The organization quickly addressed many of the pandemic’s novel challenges, such as providing hospitals around the world donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and providing patients and their communities with food and hygiene supplies as lockdowns stifled livelihoods.

We have watched dismayed, how the number of children needing treatment has increased during the pandemic,” said Dr. Ruben Ayala, Operation Smile’s chief medical officer. “Understanding the enormity of the challenge, we have pulled together our knowledge, people and resources. Our leaders around the world have laid out country-specific plans for adapting, evolving and creating environments where care can still be delivered safely. Cautiously, but optimistically, we carry on the work where possible, sending a clear message to our patients that, in spite of the pandemic, we have not abandoned them, and we never will.”

Over the past year, Operation Smile’s Global Volunteer Resources team was building a growing list of 200+ international volunteers that are vaccinated and ready to travel. In April of 2021, Operation Smile was able to send three international volunteers into the field in Guatemala. Since then, other teams of volunteers were able to travel abroad and join forces with local entities to help provide surgeries to children in the midst of the pandemic.

The teams took extra precautions such as enhanced personal protective equipment, rigorous Covid screenings for patients, parents and volunteers, and increased cleaning procedures and social distancing. While the team performed less surgeries in order to maintain physical distancing and cleaning protocols, the ultimate goal of safely providing life-changing surgeries to children was met.

Operation Smile revolutionized cleft surgery globally in 1982. With nearly four decades of experience as one of the largest surgical volunteer-based nonprofits, Operation Smile staff, its private-public partnerships and thousands of volunteers have improved the health and dignity of patients with cleft conditions, helping them to better breathe, eat, speak and live lives of greater quality and confidence. 

While one cleft surgery can bring immediate transformation to a child’s life in as little as 45 minutes, Operation Smile is committed to providing patients with health that lasts—being there to offer patients additional surgeries, dentistry, psychological services, speech therapy and other essential cleft treatments. Its training and education programs elevate local surgical standards and entire health systems to aid safe surgery and strengthen a global network to reach more people earlier in their lives. You can learn more about its transformative and healing work by visiting operationsmile.org or by following @operationsmile on social media.   

Photos of Operation Smile medical volunteers can be viewed and downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ofyqqc0hlss3c1d/AAC3hAsEPrC_ITS24Wnvzm9Oa?dl=0

Interview opportunities are available with Dr. Ruben Ayala.

Contact: Julie Dion, juliedion@dionmarketing.com , (904) 249- 9784 

The Dental Compliance Institute Publishes Free Guide “How to Survive a Surprise OSHA Audit”

Posted on June 22, 2021

Jacksonville, FL – June 21, 2021 – The Dental Compliance Institute (DCI), a leading provider of training and certification programs designed to help dental professionals achieve full compliance of HIPAA and OSHA regulations and to also learn the essentials of patient risk management, recently published “How to Survive a Surprise OSHA Audit,” the first in a planned series of “survival guides” for OSHA, HIPAA, and dental risk management.

Dentistry has changed during the past year, and this includes OSHA regulations. According to DCI founder, Linda Harvey, RDH, “All it takes is for an unhappy employee or patient to file an anonymous report, and you may receive a surprise visit from an OSHA inspector. To make matters worse, you may be fined as much as $13,000 a day per violation for non-compliance.”

Rather than being taken by surprise, Harvey suggests that dental professionals download the free guide, “How to Survive a Surprise OSHA Audit,” at www.SurviveOSHA.com. “This is the first of a series,” explains Harvey. “Over the next several months, we will be publishing additional “survival guides” on HIPAA compliance and risk management.”

For more information about the Dental Compliance Institute and its comprehensive training and certification programs for proficiency in HIPAA and OSHA compliance as well as risk management, visit www.DentalComplianceInstitute.com.

About the Dental Compliance Institute:

Founded in 2014 by and based in Jacksonville, Florida, the mission of the DCI has been to provide dental professionals, including dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and office managers with the comprehensive and up to date training and certification regarding OSHA and HIPAA regulations as well as dental risk management. For more information, visit www.DentalComplianceInstitute.com.


SOTA Imaging Launches Extraoral Aerosol Evacuator Designed to Help Mitigate COVID-19 Risk

Posted on June 22, 2021

June 16, 2021 — Orange, CA — SOTA Imaging today announced the launch of Cazoo, an extraoral aerosol evacuator that reduces dental aerosols, helping protect dentists, dental staff, and patients from dangerous particulates that can transmit COVID-19 — all for only $99.

Safeguards to protect dental staff are of particular importance today with the majority of hiring dentists reporting recruitment challenges. Dental staff who are in the workplace, or are considering returning to the workplace, need to feel safe and protected.

According to the ADA, “Compared with before the pandemic, more than 80% of owner dentists who are currently hiring are finding the recruitment of dental hygienists and assistants to be extremely or very challenging:

  • For dental hygienists, 66.3% of dentists said recruitment was extremely challenging and 19.7% reported it was very challenging.

  • For dental assistants, 59.2% of dentists found recruitment to be extremely challenging and 23.9% stated it was very challenging.”

In addition, more than 70% of owner dentists said recruitment of administrative staff was extremely or very challenging and more than 50% of owners report the same for recruiting associate dentists, ADA finds.

"Many shortages, especially in dental hygiene and chairside assistant, existed prior to the COVID-19 virus,” Duc "Duke" M. Ho, DDS, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice, told ADA News. “However, these shortages have been exacerbated by the pandemic, as more employees have left the workforce for a variety of reasons, including early retirement, concerns about safety at the time and a desire for more work-life balance."

Recent American Dental Hygienists’ Association poll data indicates “that for dental hygienists who have voluntarily left their positions, 42.9% reported, ‘I do not want to work as a dental hygienist until after the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.’ Another 38.1% stated, ‘I have concerns about my employer's adherence to workplace/safety standards.’”

“Cazoo was designed to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19,” said Albert Kim, SOTA Imaging Vice President. “It not only helps reduce dental aerosols in a cost-effective way, it’s also easy to incorporate into virtually any dental practice.”

Cazoo connects directly to standard high-volume evacuator (HVE) lines, allowing dental practices to quickly begin reducing aerosols. With an extraoral HVE attachment in place, dental practices can significantly reduce airborne particulates. In fact, research shows a reduction of particulates by up to 90.8% when compared to an intraorally positioned standard saliva ejector.

Cazoo can be applied using a lip attachment or can be attached to most leading cheek retractors. A splash guard (sold separately) can also be attached to Cazoo for additional protection from aerosols. The ability to apply directly on the lip or use a cheek retractor allows for hands-free use. An arm accessory (sold separately) is also available, providing practitioners the ability to precisely position Cazoo and further enable two-hand dentistry and hygiene procedures.

“Cazoo is one of the easiest ways to reduce dental aerosols,” said Kim. “I’m excited about the launch of this new solution and look forward to helping the dental community reduce aerosols and minimize the risk of COVID-19.”

SOTA Imaging is a leading manufacturer of dental imaging hardware, software, and accessories. SOTA Imaging solutions include Clio digital x-ray sensors, the Claris i5HD intraoral camera, SOTA Image dental imaging software, and dental accessories, including the Cazoo Extraoral Aerosol Evacuator. Call 888.266.7682 or visit sotaimaging.com.

Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® and Save The Children Partner To Support Migrant Families And Children

Posted on June 21, 2021

NEW YORK, June 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (BSBF) is partnering with Save the Children to provide oral health and hygiene products to respite shelters serving migrant children and families. Hosting new arrivals entering the United States with documentation via border towns in California and Texas, the respite shelters will receive over 25,000 units of toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap from Colgate, as well as oral health educational materials, via a product donation to Save the Children.

Hundreds of migrants from Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras arrive weekly and sometimes daily at respite centers in such cities as San Diego, Mecca and Bell, San Antonio, Brownsville, El Paso, and Laredo. "These children and families are fleeing unimaginable violence and disasters at home," explained Betsy Zorio, Save the Children's Vice President of U.S. Programs. "They are arriving exhausted and distressed, often with only the clothes they are wearing, to seek legal asylum."

A temporary refuge, the respite shelters provide a place to sleep and bathe, clean clothing, oral health products, toiletries, and diapers, and with assistance from Save the Children and partners, safe care and activities for children. "The adults are overwhelmed by trying to keep their children safe, navigate the immigration process, and connect with family members here in the U.S.," Zorio said. "To best support these children, Save the Children assists shelter partners with critical supplies to set up play areas so children have a place to be a kid and engage in age-appropriate activities. We also provide training so shelter staff can support children's social and emotional needs."

"As a global children's health initiative, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures has an important role to play in helping to prevent disease and protect the health and well-being of vulnerable children and their families," said Dr. Gillian Barclay, Vice President, Global Public Health and Scientific Affairs, Colgate-Palmolive Company. "Last year in North America, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures donated more than three million units of oral care products and delivered oral health education to more than 27 million children and families. By partnering with Save the Children, a leading humanitarian organization and authority on child health and education, we can positively impact the lives and health of vulnerable children now and in the future. Together, we are promoting lifelong learning opportunities and the promotion of well-being for all."

As a company, Colgate has supported Save the Children since 1999. It began its global partnership with the organization in 2016, working together to increase access to oral health care for children in need in the U.S., Africa and Latin America. In addition to supporting the organization's emergency response efforts at the U.S.-Mexico border, this year Colgate is supporting Save the Children with programmatic funding for its U.S.-based Head Start, Healthy Choices, and rural education programs, as well as infant toothbrushes for its home visitation program, Early Steps to School Success, which offers home visits for families beginning with a mother's pregnancy until a child reaches age three.

In addition, Colgate supports Save the Children's "100 Days of Reading" campaign designed to feed the minds and bodies of children in rural America. Running from June 1 – September 8, 2021, the program encourages children to keep reading and learning during the summertime and every link that is clicked or tapped by campaign participants helps donate books, educational materials, and healthy food to over 750,000 kids living in poverty in rural America.

"For thirty years, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures has supported and partnered with organizations that mobilize communities to improve health," said Colgate's Dr. Barclay. "Together with Save the Children, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures engages, educates, and empowers children and their families to embrace a healthy future we can all smile about."

About Colgate-Palmolive Company

Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, the Company sells its products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom's of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA Skin, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. The Company is recognized for its leadership and innovation in promoting environmental sustainability and community well-being, including its achievements in saving water, reducing waste, promoting recyclability and improving children's oral health through its Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, which has reached more than 1.3 billion children since 1991. For more information about Colgate's global business and how the Company is building a future to smile about, visit www.colgatepalmolive.com.

About Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures

Established in 1991, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures provides free oral health education, dental screenings, and treatment referrals to children ages 1-12 in underserved areas. Through its mobile dental van program, award-winning in-school oral health curriculum, and grass-roots efforts, Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures has reached more than 1.3 billion children and families in more than 80 countries around the world. For more information about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, visit www.ColgateBSBF.com.

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Since our founding more than 100 years ago, we've changed the lives of more than 1 billion children. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

SOURCE Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures 

CO. by Colgate and The Cybersmile Foundation Kick Off Partnership on Stop Cyberbullying Day

Posted on June 21, 2021

Today, in honor of Stop Cyberbullying Day, CO. by Colgate and The Cybersmile Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to digital wellbeing and tackling all forms of bullying and abuse online, announce a partnership to raise awareness of online bullying and its impact on the lives of many young people. CO. by Colgate will donate $1 for every product purchased in 2021 to The Cybersmile Foundation, committing to a minimum donation of $200,000 and a maximum of $300,000.

As a purpose-driven brand founded on the values of inclusivity and authentic self-expression, CO. by Colgate envisions a world where everyone can express themselves freely; when we can express ourselves freely, we smile more. Yet research conducted by CO. by Colgate and The Cybersmile Foundation shows cyberbullying is a significant barrier to confident self-expression – with 73% of Gen Z stating they have seen somebody targeted with online abuse, bullying or harassment for how they express their individuality or identity.** CO. by Colgate aims to help change this reality by supporting the work of The Cybersmile Foundation through financial contributions and by raising awareness around cyberbullying on CO.'s social media platforms.

"Cyberbullying is a longstanding issue that impacts people's confidence in their smile: new research has found that 77% of Gen Z** have felt self-conscious posting a selfie online because of their teeth or smile," said Dana Medema, Vice President & General Manager, Oral Care, Colgate-North America. "We are proud to support the work of The Cybersmile Foundation to build a safer, more inclusive future for Gen-Z and all online users."

To extend the conversation beyond Stop Cyberbullying Day, CO. by Colgate and The Cybersmile Foundation will continue to raise awareness of cyberbullying throughout the year and will publish a Cybersmile report sponsored by CO. by Colgate titled "The State of Play Report: Gen Z & Identity Based Cyberbullying." The report will center on the prevalence of cyberbullying on Gen Z and its emotional impact, with a particular focus on the intersection of cyberbullying and ableness, race, skin tone, religious affiliation, individual identity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Findings from the report will inform a series of best-practice recommendations for dealing with cyberbullying and reporting identity-based abuse and hate-speech on a platform-by-platform basis; it will also help guide The Cybersmile Foundation's ongoing work and support services.

"Stop Cyberbullying Day is a very important day for The Cybersmile Foundation as we dedicate our work to promote kindness, diversity and inclusion by building a safer, more positive digital community," said Scott Freeman, CEO of The Cybersmile Foundation. "We are pleased to have CO. by Colgate as a partner, a brand that champions all people to share their authentic selves with the world and live their truth boldly."

Join us on social media at @CO.Colgate and @cybersmilefoundation to help promote a more inclusive and positive online community where everyone can smile brighter and bolder.

*A minimum donation of $200,000 will be made and the donation is capped at $300,000.

**All figures are from Perksy. Total sample size was 1,096 individuals 16-24. Fieldwork was undertaken between June 3 2021 and June 4 2021. The survey was carried out on mobile.

Penn Dental Medicine Study Shows How HIV Infection Impacts Brain's White Matter

Posted on June 21, 2021

It's long been known that people living with HIV experience a loss of white matter in their brains. As opposed to gray matter, which is composed of the cell bodies of neurons, white matter is made up of cells that produce myelin, a fatty substance that coats neurons, offering protection and helping them transmit signals efficiently. A reduction in white matter is associated with motor and cognitive impairment.

Earlier work by a team from Penn Dental Medicine and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) found that antiretroviral therapy (ART)—the lifesaving drugs that many with HIV use daily—can reduce white matter, but it wasn't clear how the virus itself contributed to this loss.

In a new study using both human and rodent cells, the team has determined how HIV prevents the myelin-making brain cells called oligodendrocytes from maturing, reducing white matter production. When the researchers applied a compound blocking to this process, the cells were once again able to mature. The work appears in the journal Glia.

"Even when people with HIV have their disease well-controlled by antiretrovirals, they still have the virus present in their bodies, so this study came out of our interest in understanding how HIV infection itself affects white matter," says Kelly Jordan-Sciutto, professor at Penn Dental Medicine and the study's co-senior author. "By understanding those mechanisms, we can take the next step to protect people with HIV from these impacts."

Jordan-Sciutto and Judith Grinspan, CHOP research scientist and Professor of Neurology at Penn Medicine, have been collaborating to elucidate how ART and HIV affect the brain. Their previous work on antiretrovirals had shown that commonly used drugs disrupted the function of oligodendrocytes, reducing myelin formation.

In the current study, they aimed to isolate the effect of HIV on this process by looking at human macrophages, one of the major cell types that HIV infects.

Ultimately, the researchers want to discern the effects of the virus from the drugs used to treat it in order to better evaluate the risks of each.

"When we put people on ART, it's important to understand the implications," says Jordan-Sciutto. "Antiretrovirals may prevent the establishment of a viral reservoir in the central nervous system, which would be wonderful, but we also know some drugs have unintended consequences, which may include altering white matter." Read more on the study >> 

The Dawson Academy Announces New Capstone Course

Posted on June 18, 2021

Today, The Dawson Academy announced the arrival of their new introductory course, Putting Your Practice in the Top 10% – A Protocol for Success. Full course details will be released and registration will open on Friday, June 25.

The curriculum in this online seminar is optimized for the clinician’s journey towards work-life excellence following timeless and contemporary concepts and sets a new chapter in dental continuing education. Founded by Dr. Peter Dawson, The Dawson Academy’s mission continues to make good dentists even better. Over the years, their culmination of tried-and-true principles, repeatable processes, and transformative implementations have influenced thousands of general practitioners around the world to be in the top 10% in their markets.

This new course will be led by Leonard A. Hess, DDS. Last December, Dr. Hess stepped in as Clinical Director of The Dawson Academy following the tenure of Dr. John Cranham.

“Over the years, Dr. Cranham and I worked alongside Dr. Peter Dawson to share with the world how to make dentistry predictable, rewarding, and most importantly – really fun. I’m looking forward to the years ahead as Clinical Director and want to thank Dr. Cranham and Dr. Dawson for the personal and professional impacts they’ve made in my life to guide me to this point. I’m humbled to be carrying Dr. Dawson’s life-changing education onward to practitioners everywhere, and I’m excited to begin incorporating new course material for continued success in this new age of dentistry,” Dr. Hess said.

Advancements in dentistry, like cosmetics, have had a monumental impact on the dental industry by giving dentists better care options, which result in higher revenue-earning service offerings. This has amplified the need to ensure that this work is grounded in the fundamentals of Complete Care Dentistry, which unfortunately most dental degrees do not have the time to thoroughly cover. This lack of grounding can lead to missed diagnoses and guesswork in advanced and even basic patient cases.

The Dawson Academy’s hope is to share what all of their faculty and students have discovered; their capstone course will put dentists on a track to providing unparalleled quality, comprehensive care to their patients. It is the academy’s intention to bring knowledge of the masticatory system to a clinical mastery level and allow clinicians tobe prominent performers in their communities while simultaneously incorporating new technologies and processes and prioritizing life away fromwork.

The Dawson Academy is dedicated to teaching dental professionals the principles and skills necessary for the successful practice of complete, predictable dentistry with concentrations in occlusion, the TMJs, esthetic restorative techniques, and treatment planning for large cases. The Dawson Academy takes pride in its unique hands-on, clinical approach. The golden standard of CE set by the academy continues to help dentists and other professionals around the world through their online, in-person, and hybrid learning experiences.

Full course details will be released on Friday, June 25.

exocad announced the release of PartialCAD 3.0 Galway

Posted on June 18, 2021

exocad GmbH (exocad), an Align Technology, Inc. company, today announced the release of PartialCAD 3.0 Galway, its module for removable partial denture frameworks, with new and advanced features for the design of high-quality partial dentures. This new release enhances digital CAD/CAM possibilities for exocad users and dental technicians by providing simpler design solutions for complex cases. PartialCAD 3.0 Galway provides both experts and new users with smooth, improved integration with DentalCAD, exocad’s leading software for dental laboratories.

“With PartialCAD 3.0 Galway, we give dental experts more flexibility in their design workflow,” said Tillmann Steinbrecher, CEO and cofounder of exocad. “Custom partial dentures can be created and used quickly, helping those who require or request partials to smile brighter and improve their quality of life.”

The PartialCAD 3.0 Galway release includes a range of new tools and benefits that empower dental professionals through more design freedom.

Highlights of the new module include:

• Accurate fits from attachment-based partial framework designs without needing to scan the attachment itself or the accessory parts

• Smooth interaction of the crown-and-bridge workflow and partial-framework workflow allows comfortable reverse planning of the whole restoration

• Integration of partial framework design with DentalCAD enables the design of multiple separate elements like framework, teeth and gingiva

• Reverse planning with exportable teeth and gingiva and the possibility to seamlessly combine secondary telescopic crowns with partial frameworks

PartialCAD 3.0 Galway is available immediately worldwide as an add-on module or standalone module and can be accessed by all users with a valid upgrade contract. exocad names its releases after current “European Capitals of Culture” and selected the Irish city of Galway for this release.

Additional information is available at exocad.com/partialcad


Delta Dental companies invested $102.5 million in communities across the country in 2020

Posted on June 16, 2021

Today, the Delta Dental Institute released its 2020 Community Impact Report, highlighting the investments the Delta Dental companies and their foundations made in 2020 to advance oral health, respond to COVID-19, and address health inequities and disparities. Delta Dental invested more than $102.5 million in communities in 2020, supporting over 2,400 programs, impacting 24.7 million lives, and volunteering 20,000 hours—more than ever before in Delta Dental’s 65-year history. In addition to their community impact engagement, Delta Dental companies across the country also committed $1.1 billion in COVID-19 response relief.

"As our country grappled with a pandemic, injustice, and lingering gaps in oral health care access and education, Delta Dental stood with our communities to meet their most pressing needs," said James W. Hutchison, President & CEO, Delta Dental Plans Association. "In a time of crisis and uncertainty, Delta Dental never wavered in its enduring commitment to achieve access and equity for all."

The 2020 Community Impact Report, "Our Promise to Our Communities," centers on Delta Dental's mission to advance the oral and overall health of its communities. Last year, Delta Dental supported programs in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The report highlights three main areas of giving in 2020: advancing oral health, responding to COVID-19, and addressing health inequities and disparities.

Delta Dental companies served communities' oral health by supporting direct dental treatment in underserved communities; water fluoridation initiatives; and oral health education.

Delta Dental companies responded to COVID-19 by delivering loans to safety net dental clinics; enabling dental offices to acquire PPE; and supporting local safety nets like food banks.

Delta Dental companies reacted to the country's struggle with its long history of racial injustice by investing in organizations like the NAACP and the National Urban League; reaching underserved communities of color with oral health programs; and supporting scholarships and training for dentists of color.

"Community is everything to us at Delta Dental,” said Vivian Vasallo, Executive Director, Delta Dental Institute. “While the memories of 2020 will stay with us for years to come, so will the positive impact the Delta Dental companies had on millions of lives by keeping our promise to serve the oral and overall health of our communities.”

Delta Dental's 2020 Community Impact Report features a digital story component with an interactive map showcasing the Delta Dental companies' and foundations' community impact work in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The full report is available online at 2020cir.deltadental.com.

About Delta Dental Plans Association

Based in Oak Brook, Illinois, Delta Dental Plans Association is the not-for-profit national association of the 39 independent Delta Dental companies. Through these companies, Delta Dental is the nation's largest dental insurance provider, covering more than 80 million Americans and offering the country's largest dental network with approximately 153,000 participating dentists. Over the last decade, Delta Dental companies provided over $1.75 billion in direct and in-kind support to improve the oral health of our communities across the country.

About the Delta Dental Institute

The Delta Dental Institute is dedicated to advancing oral health for all Americans in partnership with the Delta Dental companies and dedicated partners across the country. With expertise rooted in Delta Dental's rich history of oral health leadership, we engage in and support oral health research, community outreach, and advocacy, striving to ensure everyone understands the importance of oral health to overall health and has access to the care that they need.

Dentistry largely exempted from new COVID-19 workplace regulations

Posted on June 16, 2021

The American Dental Association (ADA) is pleased dental practices are largely exempt from the new emergency temporary standard (ETS) for COVID-19 issued for health care settings by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“This new infection control guidance and very low COVID-19 infection rate for dentists and dental hygienists prove that dental practices are safe workplaces,” states ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D.

The new OSHA workplace ETS provides guidance to be implemented in health care settings where all employees may not be screened for COVID-19, and non-employees and patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are allowed to enter and may be treated. Dental offices most likely to be affected by this standard would include hospital-based oral surgery practices or those who provide care for COVID-19 patients.

Dental offices should have a written COVID-19 plan in place. If an office is covered under this ETS it is mandated to do so. If an office is exempt, it still should do a hazard assessment and written plan as recommended in OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs. Based on OSHA’s Hazard Identification and Assessment, the ADA has already created a guide and checklist to walk dentists through this process at ADA.org/virus.

According to OSHA’s recommendations, dentists should continue pre-appointment patient screenings to identify individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, rescheduling their appointments if possible or referring them as necessary.

As the pandemic restrictions across the country are reviewed at the federal, state and local government levels, the safety of patients, dentists and dental team members will remain ADA’s utmost concern. The ADA notes that per the OSHA guidelines, employers are encouraged to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local regulatory guidelines.

Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to follow the ADA on Twitter @AmerDentalAssn

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website MouthHealthy.org


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