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This article brought to you courtesy of Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD, of Dental Care of Canby, Canby Herald Insider Family Dentsitry Expert.

Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD

According to the Journal of the American Dental Association

(ADA,) less than 1% of dentists nationwide were estimated to be COVID-19 positive in June.

Researchers with the American Dental Association Science and Research Institute (ASASRI) and HPI asked dentists from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico to participate in a survey covering questions about COVID-19 symptoms and

infection control measures in their practice.

In March, The New York Times listed dentistry as one of

the professions at highest risk of COVID-19 because it was thought that virus transmission could occur due to the close proximity of dental professionals and patients and that many dental procedures generate aerosols that could carry the virus.

Dentists have one of the most dangerous jobs yet have one

of the lowest rates of infection. What are dentists doing right?

The ADA and the CDC recommended use of the highest

level of personal protective equipment like masks, goggles and shields is one reason. Another is the use of rubber dams and high-velocity suction whenever possible as well as hand scaling during cleanings as opposed to ultrasound scalers. Dental offices have increased infection control and procedures like disinfecting all equipment and surfaces commonly touched, providing masks to staff and checking staff and patient temperatures. Dentists

have taken the pandemic very seriously and it shows.

Dr. Neal wants you to know that he and his staff follow all the recommended guidelines and you can feel comfortable and safe visiting the office. Feel free to call with any questions or concerns.

Dental Care of Canby

333 N.W. 3rd Ave.

Canby, OR 97013

503-266-2705

www.DentalCareofCanby.com

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