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Dentistry’s Potential Role during the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

Overview:

Outlines some of the ways DHCP’s may be asked to assist in functions such as patient screening, triage, and prescription writing. The legal aspects of scope of licensure will also be discussed.


Recorded: April 10, 2020
C.E. Units Available: 1
C.E. Type: Core
Speaker(s): Anthony Cardoza, DDS and Amber Riley, MS, RDH

Description:

Novel Coronavirus and the illness that it causes, COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV has its grip on the entire country as well as the world. Three states in the USA have chosen to declare stay at home and shelter in place mandates including the closure of non-essential businesses, and several more states have encouraged measures to reduce large crowds and non-critical travel. Though dentistry is considered essential, both the CDA and ADA have recommended that only emergency patients are to be seen, until the greatest incidence of illness has declined. In compliance with these recommendations, we recognize the closure of most dental practices and the furlough of employees including the Doctor for the duration of this public health action. With idle time on their hands, and a foundation in biology, infectious disease and medicine, dental health care professionals (DHCP) are asking if they can volunteer to assist our California health care providers in addressing the needs of our communities. This webinar will outline some of the ways DHCP’s may be asked to assist in functions such as patient screening, triage, and prescription writing. The legal aspects of scope of licensure will also be discussed.

Moderator: Mark Romanelli, DDS

Learning objectives:

  • Learn dentistry's potential role in the Novel Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Understand what areas of community health that DHCP’s may be asked to participate in.
  • Understand the legal aspects regarding licensure.

Speaker bio:

Dr. Cardoza is a 1985 graduate of Northwestern University Dental School and maintains a general dental practice in El Cajon, Calif. He is a forensic dental consultant for the County of San Diego Office of the Medical Examiner, County of Imperial Office of the Coroner, State of California Department of Justice, the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) and is the director of the California Dental Identification Team (CalDIT). Dr. Cardoza has performed numerous postmortem dental examinations, comparisons and identifications and was involved with identifying victims of the Southern California wildfire disasters. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the San Diego County Dental Association and is a diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Odontology. He lectures throughout the United States and Canada.

Amber D. Riley MS, RDH is a forensic consultant with the San Diego County Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Member of the CDHA, American Society of Forensic Odontology, and American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and is a national subject matter expert consultant in dental hygiene."