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ADA Health Policy Institute

An Early Look at the “Reopening” of Dentistry: What the Economic Data Tell Us

(May 2020 - 57 min)

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When HPI collected its fourth wave of data for its Economic Impact of COVID-19 survey, about 2 in 5 states had eased restrictions on dental procedures that were put in place weeks ago. The Wave 4 data collection is particularly important. The data provide a snapshot of patient volume during week one of “reopening.” With data from thousands of dental practices, HPI examined results state by state. In addition, HPI asked dentists about PPE availability and their general sentiment around risk of transmission to themselves, their staff, and their patients.