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In these uncertain times, Decisions in Dentistry is dedicated to keeping you up to date on COVID-19 and best practices for ensuring the health and safety of both patients and practitioners. We will also be providing resources for the business side of your practice—from employment issues to how to manage your finances and investments.

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As the United States continues its struggle to get surging COVID-19 cases—fueled by the Delta variant—under control, some researchers suggest there is light at the end of the tunnel. Through an analysis of mathematical models used to predict the…

Rapid At-Home Tests May Be Key to Controlling COVID-19 but They Face Obstacles

For Americans who desperately want to keep their children in school and themselves at work, rapid at-home COVID-19 tests are key to…

COVID-19 Is Deadliest Pandemic in United States History

While the Spanish flu of 1918 has held the record as the deadliest disease event in the nation’s history with 675,000 deaths, it is…

FDA Says No to COVID-19 Booster Shots for All

On September 17, the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine Advisory Committee voted against recommending a third…

National Institutes of Health Initiates Major Study on Long-Haul COVID-19

A certain segment of those who recover from COVID-19 experience lingering symptoms such as breathing difficulty, fatigue,…

ADHA Updates its Return to Work Guidance

On September 16, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) released a new update to its “Interim Guidance on Returning to…

The Volunteer State Has Highest Number of COVID-19 Cases in the Nation

Tennessee has earned the unwanted prize of being home to the most new COVID-19 cases per capita in the United States. One out of 81…

ADA Requires Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test to Attend Annual…

All oral health professionals, exhibitors, guests, and staff members who wish to attend the annual meeting, SmileCon, of the…

Consensus on Whether COVID-19 Boosters Are Necessary Remains Elusive

While booster shots to the COVID-19 vaccination are recommended for those who are immunocompromised, whether healthy, previously…

The CDC Updates Its COVID-19 Guidelines for All Healthcare Settings

On September 10, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an update to the agency’s COVID-19…

What the Mu Variant Means in the Fight Against COVID-19

While many variants of SARS-CoV-2 exist, only four have raised alarm. The World Health Organization designates those variants that…


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Infection Control

Role of Chemical and Biological Indicators in Infection Prevention

Proper sterilization monitoring requires a combination approach using mechanical, chemical and biological indicators.

Oral Manifestations of Tuberculosis

In light of expanding globalization and drug resistance, the resurgence of tuberculosis in some regions increases the possibility of infected individuals presenting for dental care — thus the need to recognize the disease’s oral manifestations.

Evidence-Based Operatory Preparation Protocols

Dental teams must adhere to evidence-based guidelines to ensure the dental operatory is safe for patients and practitioners.

Rubber Dam Isolation Techniques for Complex Restorations

The use of rubber dams in restorative dentistry may help decrease possible clinician exposure to infectious agents — an important consideration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Resources

American Dental Association: Guidance on Dental Emergencies

The ADA has developed guidance on dental emergencies, and nonemergency care.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19

The latest in COVID-19 guidelines, and public health information.

National Institutes of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A resource for the latest research on COVID-19.

World Health Organization: Coronavirus Disease Pandemic

The latest updates on the pandemic, including how to protect yourself, travel advice and guidance.

Johns Hopkins University: Coronavirus Global Cases

A go-to resource for the latest on COVID-19 cases by country.

Journal of Dental Research: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Emerging and Future Challenges for Dental and Oral Medicine.

Career One Stop: Unemployment Benefits by State

Learn more about your state’s unemployment benefits, and how to apply.

US Department of Labor

A guide on how to apply for unemployment benefits.

National Institutes of Health: COVID-19 Literature 

Scientific papers on coronavirus for researchers, health care providers.

ProEdge: Dental Care During COVID-19

State by state recommendations on dental care.

US Chamber of Commerce: Combating the Coronavirus

Resources, guidance and insights to protect American businesses, workers and families.

US Small Business Administration

Small business guidance & loan resources.

Rolling Updates on Coronavirus Disease from the World Health Organization

Receive continual updates on Covid-19 from WHO.

Cases in US from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Updating statistics for the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the United States.

Federation of State Medical Boards

Resources to inform and assist state boards and the public.

American Dental Association Guidance on Continuing to Practice Ethically During COVID-19

A printable Guideline on continuing to Practie Ethically during COVID-19

OSAP Coronavirus Disease Toolkit

Regulations and guidelines, best practices, instruction resources, and more.


Track the US COVID-19 Outbreak in Real Time from MedPage Today

Stay up to date with where and how many Covid-19 cases are diagnosed in this country

S.3548 CARES Act

Read the act to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

American Dental Association Charitable Assistance Grant Program

Information on how to apply for and ADA grant or award.

State and Territorial Health Department Websites

This resource links to health departments in all 50 states, 8 US territories and freely associated states, and the District of Columbia.

Emergency Use Authorization

Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) information, and list of all current EUAs.

US Department of Health and Human Services

The latest news from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Paycheck Protection Program

An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

JAMA Pediatrics Research Letter

Neonatal Early-Onset Infection With SARS-CoV-2 in 33 Neonates Born to Mothers With COVID-19 in Wuhan, China

Children and COVID-19

Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out.

Financial Planning, SBA Loans, And the CARES Act

Art Wiederman explains why dentists need to know how much money he or she needs to get through this time period.

ADA Coronavirus Center for Dentists

View the new interim recommendation and guidance resources from the ADA to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Dental Settings

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response.

Paycheck Protection Program

Details on the Paycheck Protection Program

How to Make Masks

Watch a video tutorial on how to make masks.

Bioaerosol Spread of SARS-CoV-2

Rapid Expert Consultation on the Possibility of Bioaerosol Spread of SARS-CoV-2 for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Personal Protective Equipment FAQs

This document is intended to address frequently asked questions about personal protective equipment (PPE).

Covid-19 — Navigating the Uncharted

Navigating the Uncharted by Fauci, Lane, and Redfield

US Department of Agriculture

USDA Statement on the Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Tiger in New York

Susceptibility of Domestic Animals To SARS-Coronavirus-2

Susceptibility of Ferrets, Cats, Dogs, And Different Domestic Animals To SARS-Coronavirus-2

Transmission Through Speech

COVID-19 May Spread Through Breathing and Talking—But We Don’t Know How Much

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks (Face Masks)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Small Business Administration Docket Number SBA-2020

Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program – Additional Eligibility Criteria and Requirements for Certain Pledges of Loan

What Is the Paycheck Protection Program?

Find out about the Paycheck Protection Program and if you qualify.

National Institutes of Health: COVID-19 Literature

Coronavirus literature access has been expanded through PubMed Central

OSAP Coronavirus Disease Toolkit

Coronavirus information including regulations and guidelines, best practices, instruction resources, and more.

American Dental Association: Guidance on Dental Emergencies

ADA’s guide for determining whether dental care should be considered an emergency or non-emergency.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Factors to Consider When Planning to Purchase Respirators from Another Country

CDC Support for States, Tribes, Localities and Territories

A repository of resources, guidelines, and tools from the CDC.

Moderna’s Work on a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

Moderna’s Work on a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Leading research to understand, treat, and prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

Operation Warp Speed

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response

EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

Products with Emerging Viral Pathogens AND Human Coronavirus claims for use against SARS-CoV-2

NIOSH-Approved N95 Particulate Filtering Facepiece Respirators

A table of NIOSH-approved N95 respirators, listed alphabetically by manufacturer.

Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval

How to properly identify a NIOSH-approved respirator.

Children and COVID-19

Tips on how to keep your children healthy.

JAMA Pediatrics Research Letter

Information on neonatal early-onset infection with SARS-CoV-2 Neonates born to Mothers with COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19

How to protect yourself, and what to do if you are sick.

Six Steps for Safe & Effective Disinfectant Use

Infographic on how to use surface disinfectant products.

ADA Health Policy Institute

HPI examines impact of COVID-19 on dental practices.

Could Nasal Nitric Oxide Help to Mitigate the Severity of COVID-19?

Information on the nasal cavity and its impact on COVID-19.

Wearing an N95 Respiratory Mask: An Unintended Exercise Benefit?

Information on additional effects of wearing N95 Respiratory Masks.

American Dental Association Guidance on Continuing to Practice Ethically During COVID-19

A guide in assisting your patients, the public and staff
during the Covid-19 pandemic

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19

Facts about Coronavirus and how to protect yourself.

Moderna’s Work on a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate

A detailed timeline on Modern’s work towards a COVID-19 vaccine

National Institutes of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates and resources on COVID-19 from the NIH

Public Health Emergency Declaration

Public Health and Medical Emergency Support for a Nation Prepared

Virginia Department of Health

Use your phone to fight COVID-19!

COVIDcast Real-Time COVID-19 Indicators

Real-time COVID-19 Indicators

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