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Welcome to the Utah Dental Association!

Welcome to the new UDA Website. We hope you will enjoy the new features we can offer by joining with the American Dental Association's web hosting services. We will continue to update and improve the content that you will find here. So visit often and feel free to offer suggestions on ways we can make your UDA Website provide the information and services that you need to improve the way you practice Dentistry. Thank you for visiting and for your continued membership in the ADA/UDA.

 



List of Health Department Contacts

 It has now been a few weeks since Governor Herbert opened Utah to non-essential dental treatments under certain precautions. The UDA is very proud to have been influential and recognized by the governor to have been a major factor in reopening of dental and medical offices. We are certain the offices following the ADA recommendations are finding the patients appreciate your efforts and feel comfortable to return to the dental office’s that are taking those recommended precautions. 

During the reopening of dental offices, the number one concern has been the shortage of PPE. The latest HPI poll indicated almost 50% of Utah dental offices do not have a full week’s supply of N-95 or KN-95 masks. As you know, the UDA was able to obtain some initial PPE last month. That supply was distributed statewide through our dental districts. We have since been continuously working toward obtaining additional PPE for the dental offices to minimize risks when treating patients. This letter announces the UDA has been successful in obtaining an additional 200,000 KN-95 masks and another 200,000 gowns. This is PPE earmarked specifically for the dental community.

This additional PPE will be distributed by the state through the Local Health Departments. Dentists needing PPE should contact the person listed below at their Local Health Department. Each Health Department handles this process according to their local management. You may need to provide some information for them to manage and track the distribution and usage of this PPE.

Local Health Department PPE Contacts

 

 

 

 

Agency

Name

Cell Phone

Email Address

Bear River Health Department

Mike Wiebel

435-994-1122

mweibel@brhd.org

Central Utah Public Health Dept

Zach Kearney

435-590-3297

zkearney@utah.gov

Davis County Health Department

Ivy Melton-Sales

801-721-7732

ivy@co.davis.ut.us

Salt Lake County

Keith Plagemann

801-743-7170

kplagemann@ufa-slco.org

San Juan Health Department

Ronnie Nieves

435-979-4452

rnieves@sanjuancounty.org

Southeast Utah Health Department

Chet Ingram

435-650-3335

chetingram@utah.gov

Southwest Utah Public Health Dept

Mike Gale

435-868-8934

mgale@swuhealth.org

Summit County Health Department

Chris Crowley

801-718-4628

ccrowley@summitcounty.org

Tooele County Health Department

Tracey Frailey

435-830-7749

tfrailey@tooelehealth.org

Tricounty Health Department

Rob Grove

435-650-7338

rgrove@tricountyhealth.com

Utah/Wasatch Healthcare Coalition

Ryan Strabel

530-919-6266

ryanst@utahcounty.gov

Wasatch County Health Dept

Lewis Hastings

801-557-4766

lhastings@wasatch.utah.gov

Weber Morgan Health Department

Cathy Bodily

801-940-7207

cbodily@co.weber.ut.us

 

The UDA is actively working towards helping staff and patients feel safe in the dental office during this pandemic. Obtaining this PPE supply will be a great accomplishment in support of safety in the dental office. We continually remind you to use wise clinical and professional judgement when screening patients and monitoring which patients and treatments to perform.

We continually want to remind all Dentists and their Dental Team members to visit ADA.org/virus  often to see frequent updates and tools available to help patients and staff feel they are doing their best to minimize risks during dental treatments during this pandemic. New information becomes available almost daily.

 

The Utah Dental Association and the American Dental Association have been the #1 advocates for dentistry in these unprecedented times. Many state and national efforts have been made to help dental professionals manage the Covid pandemic and the effects on the dental offices. The dental community and situation would  look very different without the ADA and UDA.

 

Sincerely, The Utah Dental Association Executive Board.




COVID-19 Resources

During these unprecedented times, there has been a flood of information become available. It’s difficult to determine what information is the best and applicable. We recommend seeking information from reliable sources. And always check with your own professional advisors when making business decisions. The UDA is working hard to bring you the most reliable and latest information. At this time, the following seems to be reliable resources of which have great information.


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Utah’s Low Risk Phase

Most of Utah is now in the low risk, or yellow phase, which includes specific guidelines for individuals and businesses


Entering the Low Risk Phase of the recovery in Utah does not change the precautions in place for patient and dental staff safety. The precautions are identical to the high-risk phase. Use sound professional judgment when making decisions to treat or delay treatment for each situation.


Links & Resources from ADA.org/virus 

The COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on dentistry is rapidly evolving. To help dentists navigate these unprecedented times for their practices, staff and patients, the ADA developed the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Center for Dentists at ADA.org/virus.

Below is a list of resources that can be found on ADA.org/virus. The contents of the page are updated with new information almost daily. Please click on the following links to access the most current resources.

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Other Government Resources

CDC: COVID-19: Guidance for Dental Settings: View
CDC Recommendations: View
What to do if COVID-19 impacts your employment: View
Dept of Workforce Services information on COVID-19: View
Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus: View 
IRS: Employee Retention Credit available for many businesses financially impacted by COVID-19: View


Continuing Education and License Renewal info

To understand the Sedation level parameters when determining the level of licensure classification to be used in your practice – Go to: ADA Guidelines for Sedation and Anesthesia


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UDA Convention - Save the Date

Date: April 8-9, 2021
Location: Salt Palace Convention Center

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