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Laboratory Testing Toolkit

COVID-19 testing is within the scope of practice for California dentists, and as of Oct. 8, 2021, dentists can apply for the requisite laboratory licensure to process rapid tests in the dental office. This toolkit provides step-by-step application instructions, reporting requirements plus guidance to help dentists determine whether administering rapid COVID-19 tests is appropriate for their practice. 

COVID-19 Testing Resources

With various forms of COVID-19 tests available, it is important to understand how each type works, what results can tell (or not tell) a provider and how reliable test results can be. It is important to note that testing can be a valuable tool to assist dentists to determine the COVID-19 status of patients, but due to current availability and reliability rates, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that test results be used in conjunction with clinical evaluation and screening protocols to assess patient health.