|The California Department of Public Health issued updated guidance on resuming dental practice. CDA member dentists and staff have been deeply engaged with the state dental director to ensure this guide is clear, accurate and easy to follow.
The state guidance provides specific criteria regarding local infection rates, PPE requirements, COVID-19 screenings for patients and infection control clarifications from the CDC, among other topics. While restarting dental practices will be slow at first, particularly because of the lack of sufficient PPE in the entire international manufacturing and supply system, a solid, clear foundation has been established to work from.
Please remember that depending on the conditions in a community, a local health officer may issue or update current “stay-at-home” orders; orders that are more stringent than the state’s public health orders must be followed.
CDA worked closely with the state dental director to develop guidance and FAQs for screening, infection control and PPE use consistent with the updated state guidance.