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ADA Health Policy Institute

COVID-19's Impact on Patient Attitudes Toward Visiting the Dentist

(August 2020 - 72 min)

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This webinar showcased the latest data on how COVID-19 is impacting dental practices, consumer attitudes toward visiting the dentist, and what long-term impacts the pandemic might have going forward.

During the webinar, the expert panel discussed:

  • The latest data on patient volume, collections, PPE stockpiles in dental practices across the U.S. drawn from the ADA Health Policy Institute’s bi-weekly tracking poll. 
  • Never-before-seen research on consumer sentiments about visiting the dentist from Engagious, a renowned consumer research firm the ADA has partnered with. 
  • The ADA’s role in supporting dentists and safeguarding the safety of the public during the pandemic.

Chad Gehani – ADA President

Kathleen O'Loughlin 
– ADA Executive Director


  • Marko Vujicic – Chief Economist & Vice President, ADA Health Policy Institute

  • Jon Last – President, Sports & Leisure Research Group

  • Michael Graham – Senior Vice President, ADA Government and Public Affairs

  • Kirk Norbo – Chair, ADA COVID-19 Recovery Task Force

  • Nipa Thakkar – Private Practice Dentist & Faculty, Penn Dental Medicine