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May 26 2020
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently provided updated interim infection prevention and control guidance for dental settings during the COVID-19 response. The CDC provided the following summary of recent changes: Recommendations are provided for resuming non-emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic. New information is ... [continue reading]
May 20 2020
ADA webinar The American Dental Association has posted a webinar about "The Role of Aerosol on the Transmission of Coronavirus and the Impact in Dentistry." The webinar features ODA member Dr. Purnima Kumar, who critically examines the evidence on microbial payload in dental aerosols, methods of reducing bioload at source, mitigating aerosol ... [continue reading]
May 12 2020
If a patient or staff member is suspected of having COVID-19, they should immediately contact their physician. Their physician will then determine what steps they should take next, including whether or not they should be tested for COVID-19. Click here for more information about when to seek care from a physician. The physician and local ... [continue reading]
May 11 2020
This article is about ODA Services Corp. discounts during the COVID-19. These discounts may no longer be available. During this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re working with our endorsed partners and vendors to help all of our members in any way we can. We know that many offices may be facing financial hardships right now, so ... [continue reading]
May 6 2020
The Ohio Dental Association Annual Session Committee hosted a 2020 ODA Annual Session Sneak Peek! The webinar "Getting Back to Practice" was presented by Thomas M. Paumier, DDS. The course was moderated by ODA President Dr. Sharon Parsons. The webinar looks at the American Dental Association's Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit. Focused ... [continue reading]
May 3 2020
 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released new guidelines to assist dentists and dental office personnel in working through dental office safety issues in addition to other recommendations that have been issued by the OSDB, CDC and ADA. OSHA is now recommending that dental care workers wear gloves, gowns, eye ... [continue reading]
May 3 2020
As dentists work to reopen their offices, I remind them that we are all required to follow the Ohio State Dental Board’s Guidelines. The OSDB’s statement – issued on April 28, 2020 is reproduced below. “As per the Governor’s announcement on April 27, 2020, dental offices are permitted to open on May 1, 2020 to provide ... [continue reading]
May 1 2020
The Ohio Dental Association Annual Session Committee hosted a 2020 ODA Annual Session Sneak Peek on April 30. The course "What’s Next: Practicing Dentistry After COVID-19" was presented by Periodontist and researcher Dr. Purnima Kumar and Ohio State Dental Board President, Dr. Kumar Subramanian and moderated by ODA President Dr. Sharon ... [continue reading]
Apr 29 2020
The Ohio Dental Association praised Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's Responsible RestartOhio plan, which calls for reopening dental offices beginning May 1. "Oral health is vitally important to overall health, and reopening dental offices will allow Ohioans to get much needed dental care," said ODA President Dr. Sharon Parsons. "During the COVID-19 ... [continue reading]
Apr 29 2020
Well, it is April 29. I found out about our offices being able to open, along with the rest of you, on Monday. As it is slowly sinking in I find my head swimming. How am I going to acquire all of the PPE I need? What changes, if any, do I need to make in my office? Do I open all at once or do I do it in stages? These decisions ... [continue reading]
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