June 4, 2020
The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) has developed the following interim guidance for dental hygienists considering a return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. CDHA’s best practice recommendations are based, first and foremost, on ensuring safety for dental hygienists, their clients, team members, families, and communities. Because the scientific evidence guiding COVID-19 decision making continues to evolve, CDHA’s recommendations are subject to change as we learn more.
In preparing to return to work, dental hygienists should consult with their provincial regulatory body for new infection control recommendations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dental hygienists work in close proximity to clients in the operatory. The potential for airborne virus spread when performing aerosol-generating procedures, such as ultrasonic scaling and air polishing, or when using slow-speed handpieces or air/water syringes is high and increases the risk of infection (Cochrane, May 2020).
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