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“ADA, state societies reinforce dentistry is essential health care

December 01, 2020

By Mary Beth Versaci

As COVID-19 cases again surge across the U.S., dentists may be worried about the return of restrictions they experienced in the spring, but as of Nov. 30, no states were asking dental offices to limit essential services, and the American Dental Association is also advocating for dental care to continue during the pandemic.

“At this point in time, the American Dental Association firmly believes dental care can continue to be delivered safely,” ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., said in a statement Nov. 17. “Guidance recommended by the ADA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to safeguard the health of the public. Dental care is essential health care. Regular dental visits are important because treatment, as well as prevention of dental disease, helps keep people healthy.”

The ADA continues to monitor the developing situation and recognizes that local and state health departments, state dental societies and, in some cases, large urban local dental societies may make recommendations they believe are appropriate based on local conditions.

“In general, however, dentists and dental team members across the country have effectively implemented ADA and CDC recommendations, and dental practices should remain open to provide dental care to patients,” Dr. Klemmedson said.”

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