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CDA’s latest consumer research survey follows up on a June report tracking patient comfort with returning to the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conducted mid-August, the survey revealed that most patients with an appointment in the next six months plan to keep it. It also shows how income plays a significant role in determining which patients are more likely to visit the dentist and what safety messages help reassure patients.
Below, view the results of ADA’s Health Policy Institute’s recent survey on consumer sentiment toward visiting the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic. The July 2020 survey found that most people are comfortable with going to the dentist and details what it would take to get reluctant patients to return. It also reports how soon patients would book their next appointment as well as their willingness to go to the dentist if a positive coronavirus case was traced back to a local dental office.
Good Morning America covers the latest in CDA and ADA’s response to the Aug. 3 guidance from the World Health Organization advising that routine non-essential oral health care be delayed.
In the graphic below, find the results of CDA's consumer research survey conducted in June 2020 to measure patients' comfort levels with dental appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic. CDA plans to conduct an additional survey in August to continue to monitor consumers' comfort with dentistry during the pandemic.
A state mandate issued June 18 requires all individuals in California to wear cloth face coverings to help prevent transmission of the coronavirus. The mandate and updated CDPH guidance comes as counties throughout the state are reporting spikes in COVID-19-positive cases.
California licensed dentists can now order limited quantities of critical personal protective equipment that is in short supply through traditional, commercial distribution channels.
The guidance provides important benchmarks, but lack of PPE and reliable testing are still distant. The document does not provide additional insight or guidance on a set date for returning to routine care.
Governor appoints dentist to California’s Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force, while CDA establishes workgroup with state dental director to help establish the guidance for this forward-looking path.
CDA is advocating for support and relief for dentists to allow them to protect their dental practices during the current public health and economic crisis. We ask members to join us by writing to their congressional representatives.