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We are in unprecedented times and as much as we want concrete answers, COVID-19 is a fluid situation. TAPD continues to follow guidance from AAPD, ADA, TDA, the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, the Governor’s Office and state and local public health authorities related to the latest information on COVID-19.
Below is the latest guidance from AAPD:
The ADA has recommended that dentists postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks. A number of states have strongly recommended that dentists postpone non-emergency care as well. These ADA and state recommendations are consistent with AAPD’s statement of March 16. Children in need of urgent/emergency care should be treated, while elective care can be postponed. Urgent/emergency care means treatment of pain, swelling, trauma, and infection. Hygiene and prophylaxis visits, cosmetic, and elective operative procedures should be considered non-urgent/non-emergency.
Governor Greg Abbott announced yesterday that he believes by the end of this week, everyone who needs a coronavirus test should be able to obtain one with a doctor’s order. TAPD encourages all of our members to visit the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners websites to obtain the most up-to-date information for the state of Texas. They have a dedicated call center to answer COVID-19 related questions and concerns Monday-Friday 7:00am-6:00pm which can be reached at 1-877-570-9779.
We understand this is an anxious time for everyone. Your health and safety, and that of your patients, staff and families, is our highest priority. Our ongoing commitment to you is to ensure that you have the latest resources available to make an informed decision about your practices, and to continue to support you however we can. We are in this together.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry https://www.aapd.org/about/about-aapd/news-room/covid-19/
American Dental Association https://success.ada.org/en/practice-management/patients/~/~/link.aspx?_id=6C881EF4A7884989A80BA475F9A116ED&_z=z
Texas Dental Association https://www.tda.org/
Texas Department of State Health Services https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/
Texas Department of State Health Services Statewide Cases https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/updates.shtm#coronavirus
Texas State Board of Dental Examiners http://tsbde.texas.gov/