Get the Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit

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Senate Health Committee and CDC discuss using the ADA’s Return to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit for reopening dental practices. Watch the hearing.

With many states reopening, the ADA’s Advisory Task Force for Dental Practice Recovery has developed this free toolkit with interim guidance which recommends measures to take to help protect patients, staff and dentists from COVID-19 as dental practices re-engage in providing the full range of oral health care.

The toolkit includes:

  • Sample letter to patients
  • Guidance on pre-appointment screening
  • In-office patient registration procedures
  • Reception area preparation strategies
  • Chairside checklist
  • Staff protection strategies
  • Supplies shopping list

The COVID-19 pandemic and our knowledge of the disease continues to grow, so the toolkit will be updated as we learn more.

Please fill out the form, and you’ll receive an email from the ADA with a link to the toolkit.

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Developed by:


American Dental Association’s (ADA’s) Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery

The ADA's Advisory Task Force on Dental Practice Recovery, which began meeting in April, has the overall goal of helping dentists get back to serving their communities while protecting patients, office staff and themselves.

The task force is comprised of practicing dentists with support from ADA experts in science, practice, law, regulation and other key areas. The co-chairs are Drs. Rudy Liddell, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice, and Kirk M. Norbo, 16th District trustee.


What to expect in this toolkit:

  • Welcome Back Reassurance Sample Letter that reassures patients of your office’s commitment to maintaining up-to-date infection control procedures.
  • Pre-Appointment Screening Process to screen patients for symptoms of COVID-19 before the appointment and to inform them about the measures they will have to take upon arrival and during their visit.
  • In-Office Patient Registration Procedures measures for dental teams to implement at the front-desk before reopening the practice.
  • Reception Area Preparation strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission during patient visits.
  • Chairside Checklist that includes procedures for dentists and staff while in the operatory rooms and until the patient’s room is cleaned and disinfected.
  • Staff Protection Strategies that includes recommendations for in-office clothing, pregnant staff, and a daily COVID-19 daily screening log for office staff and associates to use before entering the practice.
  • A Shopping List



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