Reopening dental practices needs a team approach, ADA president says

As some dental practices begin plans to reopen, dentists should be communicating and engaging with their dental team members to address any concerns related to returning to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the American Dental Association.

"Good communication is the key to making patients and the dental team comfortable as they return to our offices," said ADA President Chad Gehani, DDS. "Dental team members who are confident that their office is keeping up with all appropriate prevention measures will convey that confidence to patients."

Dr. Gehani said dental teams should meet via video and discuss key concerns, such as availability of and access to personal protective equipment. Dr. Gehani and his wife, Rekha Gehani, DDS, virtually meet with their team members regularly.

"Explain what changes will be made moving forward, and if their job responsibilities will be amended," the ADA president said.

"This crisis underscores how every member of the dental team is important and must be respected for their unique roles," Dr. Gehani concluded.

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