Test children for COVID-19 at their dental appointments to catch asymptomatic cases, study suggests

By Flavia Lamberghini, DDS on April 27, 2021
Among 921 pediatric patients who were tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to their dental appointment, 2.3 percent tested positive, according to research published in the April edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Study Demonstrates Saliva Can Spread Novel Coronavirus

By Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D on April 22, 2021
COVID-19 is primarily considered a respiratory illness that affects the lungs, upper airways, and nasal cavity. But COVID-19 can also affect other parts of the body, including the digestive system, blood vessels, and kidneys. Now, a new study has added something else: the mouth.

Study Finds Low Rate of COVID-19 Among Dental Hygienists

By ADA and ADHA on February 24, 2021
Study Finds Low Rate of COVID-19 Among Dental HygienistsJoint research investigates pandemic’s impact on infection control practices in dental health setting; employment rate of dental hygienists                     

Recommendations About the Use of Dental Amalgam in Certain Higher-Risk Groups

By FDA on February 18, 2021
Dental amalgam is a dental filling material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid  (elemental) mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper. Approximately half (50%) of dental amalgam is elemental mercury by...

California OKs RDHs to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine Under Dentist's Supervision

February 16, 2021
The Department of Consumer Affairs on Feb. 11 approved a public health emergency waiver that allows registered dental hygienists in California to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 16 and older under the supervision of an eligible vaccine provider, such as a dentist, licensed physician...

Marin Voice: Pandemic puts spotlight on essential steps for children’s dental health

By GILA C. DOROSTKAR, DDS on February 08, 2021
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and it is now even more important during a pandemic to take care of our children’s oral health. As a pediatric dentist here in Marin, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of dental decay in young children which only seems to have...

Order Waiving Restrictions on Dentists Relating to Ordering and Administering COVID-19 Vaccines

January 04, 2021
On March 4, 2020, the Governor proclaimed a State of Emergency to exist in California as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 to make additional resources available, formalize emergency actions already underway across multiple state agencies and departments, and help the state prepare to respond to...

California Dental Staff Set to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine By January

December 10, 2020
Dental professionals are included in California's first phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

CDC Considerations for School Sealant Programs During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

By CDC on December 01, 2020
Background School sealant programs (SSPs) are a very effective way to provide preventive oral health services to children who are at higher risk of developing cavities and less likely to receive private dental care.