Some Calif. counties require dental teams to get flu vaccine
November 13, 2020 -- About one-sixth of the counties in California have ordered healthcare workers, including dental professionals, to get vaccinated for influenza, according to information from county health departments.  Discuss
U.S. reps urge CDC to address disinfectant shortage
November 12, 2020 -- Five members of the U.S. House of Representatives who are also dentists are urging the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address a shortage of disinfectants and are asking for guidance that would help clinicians know what to do when these products aren't available, the ADA reported.
ADA supports point-of-care COVID-19 testing by dentists
November 6, 2020 -- If a chronic disease or other medical condition such as COVID-19 could complicate dental care or put patients and dental staff at risk, point-of-care testing is within a dentist's scope of practice, the ADA said.
Grant given for equipment to mitigate COVID-19 risk in U.K. dental practices
November 6, 2020 -- The U.K.'s Worcestershire County Council awarded a grant of up to 100,000 pounds ($131,540 U.S.) to develop COVID-19 safety equipment for dentists.
Effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines will rely on public trust
November 4, 2020 -- The fight against the pandemic hinges on more than the efficacy of upcoming COVID-19 vaccines. The path to victory depends on how the public perceives the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, according to a recent discussion by a panel of physicians and scientists.  Discuss
Do you know which dental habit may limit the spread of COVID-19?
November 3, 2020 -- People who were living with at least one person who tested positive for COVID-19 and brushed their tongue daily were less likely to become infected by the novel coronavirus, in a study published on October 19 in BMC Oral Health.  Discuss
OSAP offers free infection control webinars
November 3, 2020 -- The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) said it will hold four free webinars on infection prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oral rinse recalled due to possible microbial contamination
November 2, 2020 -- Illinois-based medical supplier Sunstar Americas has issued a voluntary U.S. recall for its chlorhexidine oral rinse, which dental patients are prescribed to treat gingivitis, due to possible microbial contamination.  Discuss
Dental trends: How infection control has changed and will continue to change
November 2, 2020 -- COVID-19 has not only changed our society and industry but also brought forward just how important infection control and prevention is in every dental practice. Michelle Lee, executive director of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, discussed where our industry has been since COVID-19 arrived and the preparations for staying on guard heading into 2021.  Discuss
Trained Ore. dentists can now vaccinate patients
November 2, 2020 -- Dentists in Oregon who receive vaccine certification can now administer all vaccines, including an approved COVID-19 vaccine, according to news reports.