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Interim Dental Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for the COVID‑19 Response – A New Paradigm

Course Number: 647


The ongoing COVID‑19 pandemic presents unique challenges to the dental profession and its mission to provide dental care to the public in a safe manner. Dental settings have unique characteristics that warrant specific infection control considerations to guide the safe delivery of dental care during the COVID‑19 pandemic. The CDC recently introduced interim guidelines for OHCPs to deliver non-emergent dental care during the COVID‑19 pandemic. While the interim guidelines do incur significant additional requirements on the outpatient dental care delivery model, they reasonably maximize aerosol mitigation. Finally, the CDC stresses that as new information regarding SARS‑CoV‑2 becomes available, the guidance will be updated and OHCPs should regularly consult their state dental boards and state or local health departments regarding practice requirements specific to their jurisdictions.