The ADA fact sheet features anticipated questions from both team members and patients, as well as appropriate responses to ensure everyone feels safe in the office.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has issued guidance to dental professionals about the May 13 recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pertaining to mask use for fully vaccinated people.
The ADA has developed a fact sheet that features anticipated questions from both team members and patients, as well as appropriate responses. Titled “CDC COVID-19 PPE Screening FAQ,” the guidance, posted on the ada.org website, answers questions such as, “Do patients still need to wear a mask when visiting a dental office?”; “ May dental health care personnel stop wearing masks in the breakroom?”; and “Should dentists continue to screen patients and dental health care personnel?”
Due “Duke” Ho, DDS, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice told ADA News, “The recently revised recommendations from the CDC have prompted so many questions from member dentists about what it means for them and their practices.”
He added, “This pandemic, as well as the ever changing recommendations, have been difficult to navigate, but we are very aware of the needs of our members and are tirelessly working to provide as much information and guidance as quickly as possible.”
The ADA is also reminding dental professionals that the CDC guidance should be considered in conjunction with any state or local regulations.