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ADHA Releases Guidance on Returning to Work

While the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) continues to recommend that dental practices remain closed except for urgent or emergency procedures,  the organization has released “ADHA Interim Guidance on Returning to Work,” as many states have begun allowing the reopening of dental practices for elective treatment. The document provides a variety of suggestions to maintain the health and safety of both clinicians and patients, including the following recommendations:

  • Use of hand instrumentation over ultrasonic instrumentation to reduce aerosols
  • Implement selective polishing instead of full mouth
  • Use of full-mouth rubber dams when placing sealants

A patient screening questionnaire and return-to-work checklist are also provided. Click here to access it.

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    Stephanie A says

    As a dental hygienist in Delaware, I feel that intra oral xrays should not be taken during the pandemic to reduce saliva exposure to reduce the chance of transmission of the COVID-19.

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