In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, governors across the country are taking various actions such as closing restaurants, bars, and public gatherings to mitigate and contain the spread of the virus. Dental hygiene services produce aerosols that could potentially expose…
ADHA President, Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH
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We want to take this time to address all our members and the entire dental community that looks to ADHA as a source of support and guidance. We understand this is a very unsettling time and we are seeing all your valid questions and concerns. We are working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring you the most accurate and up-to date information as the situation unfolds.
We want to make sure that we clarify: as a national professional association, ADHA does not have the authority to mandate dental office closures. Rest assured that we are raising your concerns with federal agencies as they consider the best course of action to maintain the health and safety of you and your patients, while addressing critical oral health needs.
Additionally, ADHA has launched a national advocacy campaign to contact state governors to implore them to protect the safety and well-being of your patients, your colleagues and you. Please join us in this effort by clicking on this link to send this important message today.
To help address the questions that have understandably come up, we have developed a web page dedicated to COVID-19 resources specifically for the oral health community. https://www.adha.org/covid19
There you will find an FAQ section and actions that dental hygienists can take today. Please continue to send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH