Which states are safest from COVID-19?
January 22, 2021 -- The health of the economy relies heavily on whether people in the U.S. feel safe to return to work, shopping, and other activities as the nation tucks into its second year of the pandemic. As more people get vaccinated, more states will lift COVID-19-related restrictions.  Discuss
Did a dentist diagnose SARS-CoV-2 from a dental exam?
January 19, 2021 -- Sores and bleeding gums in the healthy mouths of two teenage siblings may have led to a longtime Maryland dentist diagnosing the first asymptomatic cases of SARS-CoV-2 from oral lesions during a routine dental visit.  Discuss
Surviving and thriving through the pandemic: Business insights for multipractice offices
January 19, 2021 -- Dr. Oleg Drut and his Diamond Braces locations had big plans for 2020 -- and then COVID-19 hit. However, his business has successfully weathered the pandemic economy, opening six new offices and hiring 80 new staff members. How did he and his team do it? He shares his story in this article.  Discuss
Are you performing aerosol-generating procedures safely?
January 18, 2021 -- The risk of exposure to infections such as SARS-CoV-2 from aerosol-generating procedures appears low in open plan clinics where there are several feet of distance between bays, according to a study published online January 6 in the Journal of Dentistry.  Discuss
Is a helmet key to protecting dentists, team members from SARS-CoV-2?
January 12, 2021 -- A newly designed open-faced, disposable helmet that is connected to an air filtration pump and can be worn by patients may minimize the transmission of infection, including SARS-CoV-2, to dental teams, according to a study published on January 12 in Physics of Fluids.  Discuss
CDA provides COVID-19 vaccine information
January 11, 2021 -- The California Dental Association (CDA) has provided updated information for dentists on COVID-19 vaccination in the state.
Can you use dental drills safely during the pandemic?
January 8, 2021 -- Drilling at lower rotation speeds and eliminating the use of dental drills that use both air and water could significantly reduce the spray of aerosols, which may contain SARS-CoV-2, according to a study published on December 16 in the Journal of Dental Research.  Discuss
ADA offers guidance on reusable dental instruments
January 7, 2021 -- The ADA has released a technical report that gives dental practitioners guidance on cleaning reusable instruments.
What can dentists expect as the COVID-19 pandemic continues?
January 6, 2021 -- As COVID-19 surges throughout the U.S., dentists may face rocky times in terms of expenses and patient volumes over the next few months, according to recent data from the ADA's Health Policy Institute.  Discuss
Trained dentists in Calif. can give COVID-19 vaccines
January 6, 2021 -- Dentists in California can give COVID-19 vaccines to patients if they complete all required training programs and follow state and federal guidelines, according to the California Department of Consumer Affairs.