How to limit virus transmission between dental staff, per CDC

Dental practices should encourage physical distancing as an important strategy to prevent virus transmission, according to updated CDC guidelines.

How physical distancing can be implemented for patients:

  • Limit visitors to the facility to those essential for the patient's well-being and care.
  • Encourage virtual options for patient and visitor interactions.
  • Patients may opt to wait outside the office until it is time for their appointment.
  • Minimize overlapping dental appointments.
  • Arrange seating in waiting rooms so patients sit at least 6 feet apart.

How physical distancing can be implemented for staff:

  • Remind staff that the potential for exposure is not limited to direct patient care interactions.
  • Emphasize the importance of source control and physical distancing in non-patient care areas.
  • Provide family meeting areas where all individuals can remain at least 6 feet apart.
  • Designate areas for staff to take breaks, eat and drink that allow them to remain at least 6 feet apart, especially when they must be unmasked.

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