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ADA calls upon dentists to postpone elective procedures

By Dental Tribune USA
March 17, 2020

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: On March 17, the American Dental Association issued a recommendation to member dentists that dental practices across the U.S. postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The ADA news release announcing the recommendation stated that the ADA recognizes the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances dentists and all health-care professionals are facing related to growing concern about COVID-19.

For dentistry to do its part, the ADA is recommending that dentists concentrate on only emergency dental care — to help alleviate the burden that dental emergencies could place on hospital emergency departments.

The ADA release stated: As health-care professionals, it is up to dentists to make well-informed decisions about their patients and practices. The ADA is committed to providing the latest information to the profession in a useful and timely manner. The ADA is continually evaluating and will update its recommendation on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available. Please visit ADA.org/virus for the latest information.

The CDC guidelines for COVID-19 control in dental health-care settings also are being provided to dental practices by the ADA.

About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 163,000 dentist members. A premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a guide to consumer dental care products. The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship monthly scientific journal. For more information about the ADA, visit ADA.org.

(Source: American Dental Association)

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