In Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Gabrielle Masson 
 

CDA: Roadmap for dentists returning post-pandemic

As parts of the U.S. move to gradually reopen, the California Dental Association outlined how dentists will resume patient care and what changes will be needed to provide such care.

CDA President Richard Nagy, DDS, and California State Dental Director Jay Kumar, DDS, established a work group consisting of dental practitioners, academics and researchers to develop the recommendations below.

The two most vital components are the wide availability of testing and sufficient personal protective equipment, neither of which currently exists for dentists. Until they do, it is recommended that all patient care is performed in a highly restricted environment.

For dentists to start providing elective care in California, the following milestones must be achieved:

Near term:
Dental personnel must have:

Midterm:
Dental personnel must have:

Long term:
Dental personnel must have:

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