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COVID-19 Update: New Revisions to Guidance

July 30, 2021 by RCDSO

The RCDSO has updated its guidance for managing infection risks during in-person dental care. This update reflects collaboration between Ontario’s four oral health Colleges to ensure consistent expectations for delivery of oral health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific updates…

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Virtual Treatment Planning: 5 Tips for Providing a Convenient & Secure Patient Experience

July 29, 2021 by Michelle Budd, D.D.S, Patient Safety Consultant, dentalcorp; Julian Perez, Senior Vice President, Risk Management & Compliance, dentalcorp

In a (post) pandemic world, where the population is more aware of the risks of airborne transmission and “work from anywhere” has become de rigueur, some patients will prefer to avoid commuting to the dental practice as often. But that…

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Dancing with Disruption and Thriving on Change

July 29, 2021 by Peter Barry CMC., RRDH

In our world that has rapidly changed over the past 18 months, we have had the choice to either evolve proactively, beyond all of the extreme changes, or we could become paralyzed, stuck and increasingly diminished by them. Today, confidence…

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Statement of the American Dental Education Association on Faculty, Staff, Students and Residents of Oral Health Professions Schools Receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine

July 29, 2021 by American Dental Education Association

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) urges its member institutions and programs to advise and strongly encourage their faculty, staff, students and residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. They exist as a patient care/education entity and must consider the health and safety…

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Christian Dental School Students Win Legal Fight Against School COVID Vaccine Mandate

July 28, 2021 by Premier Christian News

Two students in Missouri have successfully convinced their local dental school to allow them to attend classes without taking a COVID-19 vaccine. Sharon Murza and Ashley Swanson are students at A.T. Still University School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Both…

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COVID-19 Update: Step 3 of Provincial Reopening

July 20, 2021 by RCDSO

Ontario moved into Step 3 of the Provincial Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 am today, July 16, 2021. While the situation with COVID-19 continues to improve, dentists must continue to adhere to the enhanced precautions outlined in the College’s COVID-19: Managing infection risks…

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Even Before Coronavirus, Almost Half of Adults in Rural Areas Went Without Dental Care

July 20, 2021 by Liora Engel-Smith, North Carolina Health News

Millions of rural residents have not seen a dentist in over a year, a recent CDC report reveals. In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic forced dentists to shut down, 42 percent of adults in rural areas did not receive dental care, according…

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Who Do You Trust When it Comes to the COVID-19 Vaccine?

July 20, 2021 by Henry Schein

Vaccine incentives are less likely to convince Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine than a visit to their primary care physician, new research suggests. A recent survey of 2,005 respondents reveals that 88% who went to a primary care physician…

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CDC: Only Avoid Aerosol-Generating Dental Procedures for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

July 19, 2021 by ADA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its COVID-19 Guidance for Dental Settings to remove language stating that dental health care personnel should avoid aerosol-generating procedures for all patients, regardless of their COVID-19 status. Instead, the CDC states to avoid…

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They Never Gave Us Hope…

July 9, 2021 by George Freedman, DDS, DiplABAD, FAACD, FASDA

In recent history, in situations when the world was facing global calamity, our leaders countered with great initiative and unflagging hope. The Lincolns, Churchills and Roosevelts rose to the challenges and overcame extreme odds. In the ongoing response to the…

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Bioflavonoid Spray Efficacy Against Respiratory Viruses

July 9, 2021 by Zeeshan Sheikh, Dip.Dh, BDS, MSc, PhD; Henriette Lerner, DMD, DICOI

COVID-19 has raised new concerns about respiratory viral infections (RVI). This virus can reproduce within the cells that line the human respiratory tract and the resulting infections cause respiratory issues and may infect multiple other sites. At this time, there…

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Teledentistry: Trending Post-COVID-19

July 9, 2021 by Paola Ochoa, DDS, DiplABAD, FASDA

Practicing dentistry at a distance, utilizing instantaneous virtual mobile technology, was the stuff of science fiction just a few decades ago. We were taught in dental school that our capacity to diagnose disease and to perform dentistry relied entirely upon…

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Past-Year Dental Visits More Frequent in Urban Versus Rural Areas

July 9, 2021 by Medical Express

Nearly two-thirds of adults have had a dental visit within the past 12 months, according to a July data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics. Amy E. Cha, Ph.D., and…

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‘Game Changing’: Ont. Biotech Company Trying to Develop Dissolving Oral COVID-19 Vaccine Strips

July 8, 2021 by CTV News

An Ontario-based biotechnology company and researchers from McMaster University have teamed up to develop a potential new method for delivering COVID-19 vaccines that would use an oral strip instead of a needle. The thin strips, which would be infused with…

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Could X-PUR Opti-Rinse Plus Deactivate SARS-CoV-2, the Virus Responsible for COVID-19?

July 7, 2021 by Marley

The answer is YES. Oral Science is pleased to share some fantastic news. The results of a recent in-vitro study conducted by the Institute for Antiviral Research at Utah State University demonstrated that X-PUR Opti-Rinse Plus™ can completely inactivate in-vitro,…

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Dental Hygienists Strained as COVID Eases and Patients Return

June 29, 2021 by Los Angeles Times

Dental hygienist Jeannette Diaz’s patients sometimes cry. Lately, she’s been crying with them. It’s not just because so many people refrained from getting dental work during much of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving her to scrape off more than a year’s…

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Dental Hygienist Offers Treatments in Gardens Amid COVID Backlog

June 29, 2021 by Marie Claire Dorking, yahoo!news

A dental hygienist has been doing treatments in gardens amid a backlog of demand for her services due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fiona Perry, 56, from Comrie Perthshire, has been cycling between clients homes with her equipment on a cargo…

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6 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Dental Hygiene Career… In the Middle of a Pandemic

June 25, 2021 by Alana Munro, RDH

So that’s it! Board exams are done and passed, the stress of studying endlessly for weeks at a time is behind you, and you can finally celebrate the joys of being an educated professional. Any new career can cause a…

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Dentistry, Engineering Researchers Explore COVID-19 Spread and Safety in Dental Offices

June 22, 2021 by University of Minnesota

A collaborative effort between University of Minnesota researchers and clinicians made a real-life, immediate impact on patient care and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Without this expertise, I don’t believe our clinics would have opened up as soon as they…

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Staff Vaccine Status Discussions, Disclosures Pose Challenges for Businesses

June 18, 2021 by Toronto Star

Cynthia Fernandez said her personal sense of responsibility for the safety of her clients led her to publicly disclose that her staff were vaccinated against COVID-19 earlier this spring. “I think a lot of people are nervous still about coronavirus,”…