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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends that dental care personnel “wait 15 minutes after completion of clinical care and exit of each patient without suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to begin to clean and disinfect room surfaces.”
The recommendation to wait 15 minutes was originally included in the CDC’s Guidance for Dental Settings released May 19. The guidance provides interim infection prevention and control considerations for dental settings during the COVID-19 response.
But the recommendation was removed in a June 17 update. According to the CDC’s summary of recent changes, the recommendation was removed to align with the CDC’s separate interim infection prevention and control recommendations for health care personnel.
CDA reported earlier this month that the California Department of Public Health would review its own Guidance for Resuming Deferred and Preventive Dental Care to determine if any adjustments would be needed to align with the CDC’s Guidance. The CDPH did not revise its guidance.
In its June 17 update, the CDC also changed the recommended time period for patients to inform the dental office if they develop symptoms of or are diagnosed with COVID-19 after a dental appointment. Patients should inform the office within two days to align with the CDC’s Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure Guidance.
CDA’s Clinical Care Workgroup developed a full suite of resources to help dentists get back to practice:
To browse all resources, visit the Back to Practice Resource Center.
The information provided on this site is based on the most current information and data available to CDA. The contents of the site will be updated as new information and data emerges. The site provides sample written plans and forms to assist a dental practice in compliance with COVID-19 return to care protocols. It is designed to provide practical information in a summarized manner in regard to the subject matter covered. These guidelines are intended to help dental practices lower (but not eliminate) the risk of COVID-19 transmission during the current pandemic. Dental practices should not presume that following the guidelines will insulate them from liability in the case of infection.
The material provided is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice under any circumstance and no attorney-client relationship is formed. Neither the California Dental Association (CDA) nor any of its subsidiaries or its attorneys assume liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. Neither CDA nor its subsidiaries shall be liable for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage of any kind resulting from your use of the information contained in this site.
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