A new report
by The Journal of the American Dental Association
(JADA) has found that less than one percent of dentists across the nation have tested positive for COVID-19. In the early days of the pandemic, the risk of COVID-19 infection amongst dental professionals was unknown but considered a concern due to high exposure to aerosols, prompting dental offices in Iowa and across the country to shut down for months. This report affirms that the safety precautions dental offices have implemented since reopening are effective, and the dental office is a safe space for both the professional and the patient.
"The fact that dentistry was named one of the most at-risk professions for infection, but has a far lower prevalence of infection compared to other health professions, is not a coincidence,” said Marko Vujicic, PhD, chief economist and vice president of the ADA Health Policy Institute, in a press release from the ADA. “The profession has taken this issue extremely seriously, and it shows.”