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Re-Opening and Employment Law Obligations: A Q&A for Dental Employers

May 29, 2020 by Paul Martin, Wilton Martin Litigation Lawyers; Frank Portman, Wilton Martin Litigation Lawyers

As provincial economies begin to re-open in the wake of COVID-19, dental employers are preparing for the re-opening of clinics. However, the re-start of operations brings with it an abundance of employment law issues that must be carefully addressed in…

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COVID-19 Brings Additional Considerations When Selling Your Practice

May 29, 2020 by Nate Tchaplia, Chief Development Officer at dentalcorp

While no one can predict the long-term social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have already seen significant job losses and economic turmoil. Dentistry, like most industries, has not been spared. Amidst these challenges, many practice owners are…

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What Does Practice Leadership Look Like During COVID-19?

May 29, 2020 by Lou Shuman, DMD, CAGS, CEO and Founder of Cellerant Consulting

The Oral Health Group has a fantastic resource on its site, curating several helpful news items and “what-comes-next” features all related to COVID-19. A number of the headlines reflect both frustration about the lack of clear reopening guidelines in different…

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Ontario’s Strict Rules for Reopening Dental Clinics Differ From Other Provinces

May 29, 2020 by CTV News

Reopening Canada’s economy means many businesses will finally be able to bring in some much-needed cash flow. But for dentists in Ontario, reopening their clinics means fulfilling a long list of expensive safety requirements that could be challenging to meet.…

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Nebraska Pediatric Dentist Shares Experiences of Reopening Practice After Pandemic Spurred Closure

May 29, 2020 by ADA News

Pediatric dentist Dr. Jessica Meeske and her family were on their way to a basketball tournament when she found out about her state’s stay-at-home order that would force her to close her thriving practice on March 17. “My daughter was…

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Dentistry in the COVID Era: How to Stay Safe and Stay in Practice

May 29, 2020 by Neil M. Abramson

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the ways in which society operates as a whole. For the time being, large public gatherings are prohibited and cultural and sporting events have been brought to an end. Restaurants and most businesses…

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Employment Law Considerations When Reopening Your Dental Business

May 28, 2020 by Anthony Panacci, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

As provinces begin to restart their economies, employers should have a strategy in place to minimize legal liability when reopening their businesses. This article highlights employment law considerations that are critical for the successful reopening of dental businesses. Ensuring Safety…

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Dentists Asking Patients for Patience as They Tackle Backlog

May 28, 2020 by CBC News

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, dentists in Ontario have only been permitted to treat emergencies. Even a gnawing toothache wouldn’t get you in, unless the pain was uncontrollable with over-the-counter drugs. But restrictions are starting to lift, and dentists…

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Manitoba Dentists Will Expand Services as Part of Phase 2

May 28, 2020 by Winnipeg Sun

The Manitoba Dental Association has announced the expansion of available dental services beginning June 1 as part of the provinces Phase 2 plan. Dr. Marc Mallot, president of the Manitoba Dental Association, said in a press conference Wednesday that the…

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Ontario Says More Health Providers Can Reopen Including Dentists, Optometrists

May 28, 2020 by CP24

Dentists, optometrists and massage therapists are part of a list of health-care providers that the Ontario government says can gradually reopen following a months-long shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chiropractors, physiotherapists, psychologists, dieticians, denturists, and midwives are also included…

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Possible Implications for Returning to Practice From Dr. Robert Carroll

May 28, 2020 by Dr. Robert Carroll, Transitions Group

As we review what we have learned from other countries and other provinces, it is quite apparent that dental offices will be allowed to open before Covid-19 is eliminated as a risk to patients and health care workers. Reopening our…

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Summary of Provincial Dental Community Re-Open of All Sectors

May 27, 2020 by Public Health

To see the Provincial/Territorial government and regulatory guidelines for the re-opening/reintroduction of non-emergency oral health care, please click here. The chart lists the guidelines for Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Denturists, Dental Therapists and Dental Assistants. To view more COVID-19 news as…

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Products Marketed to Sanitize, Reduce Dental Aerosols May Lack Research to Support Efficacy

May 27, 2020 by ADA News

Dentists returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic may be thinking about purchasing items to help sanitize or reduce dental aerosols, but many products currently lack research demonstrating they are effective. For instance, information is limited on how best to…

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US Dentists Want Coronavirus Testing Kits Before Reopening

May 27, 2020 by The Hill

Dentists are calling on the Trump administration to provide them with coronavirus tests before reopening, arguing that conditions in dental offices make patients and staff more susceptible to exposure. The American Dental Association (ADA), which has more than 163,000 members,…

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More Dental Services Could Resume in Nova Scotia Next Week

May 27, 2020 by CBC News

Dalhousie University’s dean of dentistry expects dental clinics and offices to be able to reopen sometime next week for urgent and emergency cases, with routine dental care in Nova Scotia resuming several weeks after that. A public health order shut…

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How COVID-19 Revealed the Value of Teledentistry

May 27, 2020 by Bruce Hogan, SoftwarePundit

Despite the growing popularity of telemedicine globally, Canada’s adoption of this technology has been slow. This is unexpected considering Canada was an early pioneer in the development of virtual care! Dr. Maxwell House of Memorial University of Newfoundland used telephone…

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Dental Practices Consider Using UV Light Tech to Safely Reopen

May 26, 2020 by CNBC

As more businesses reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, dental practices are considering enhanced measures to clean their facilities and equipment, as well as protect their patients and staff. One of these tactics involves the use of ultraviolet light to sanitize the air,…

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COVID-19 Safety Measures Could Lead to Higher Dental Fees

May 26, 2020 by Montreal Gazette

At Barry Dolman’s Côte-des-Neiges dental clinic, contractors are working around the clock putting in glass doors to seal off his two examination rooms and installing a new ventilation system that will vacuum the air from around patients’ mouths and pump…

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Slow Return for Canada’s Dental Offices as Pandemic Restrictions Ease

May 26, 2020 by CBC News

As dental offices start to reopen across the country, the guidelines vary from province to province but the concerns remain the same: having the right protocols and enough protective gear to safely see patients, and seeing enough of them so they…

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New Guidance Permits US Dentists to Reopen, But Some Still Harbor Coronavirus Fears

May 26, 2020 by ABC News

In emails blasted to their patients, America’s dentists are announcing their return from the coronavirus lockdown. “WE ARE OPEN,” was the all-caps heading for one email from a dentist in Miami. “We are beyond ready to get back to work and see…