Implications of COVID-19 for the safe management of general dental practice - a practical guide



***This guidance is currently being updated in light of SDCEP's recently-published review of the mitigation of risk from aerosol-generating procedures in dentistry. Check back here soon to ensure you are using the updated version as soon as it's available.***


Implications of COVID-19 for the safe management of general dental practice supports dental professionals to take a risk-based and evidence-based approach to providing safe general dental care, whatever the national threat level. It was developed jointly with the College of General Dentistry, and with the involvement of a wide range of other national dental organisations.

A live document, it was first published on 1 June 2020 and last revised on 16 June 2020 with some minor amendments. Among the changes in version 1.1, prophylactic polishing of teeth has been added to the risk stratification matrix, use of face coverings by all patients and carers in non-clinical areas is now recommended (in line with government advice on preventing transmission in enclosed public spaces), and the use of shoe and head coverings is only now advised when indicated by a risk assessment. There are also some clarifications, such as around selection of PPE based on a risk assessment, and on the mopping of floors between patients following treatment carrying a high risk of exposure to aerosol.

Members of the development group answered questions on the guidance during a live webinar on 3 June, which is available to view via our COVID-19 webinars page.

A synopsis of key considerations, designed to be used in conjunction with the guidance, was published on 16 June (see below).

On 23 June, a joint statement was issued on the provision of a dental prophylaxis under COVID-19 alert levels 3 and 4.

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FGDP(UK), CGDent and ProDental CPD hosted a webinar on The risk-based approach to COVID-19. You can access a recording of this webinar and others from our webinars page