Recognizing how dramatically the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the practice of dentistry, GC has developed a microsite dedicated to providing the latest updates on evolving guidelines for dental professionals. Safe4Dentistry.com is a continually updated resource center that provides safe and effective minimally invasive dental treatment options and data, including information on how to reduce aerosol production to protect staff and patients during appointments. First launched in the United States and Canada, the Safe4Dentistry.com microsite will be rolled out globally to include all GC companies in the coming weeks.
The Safe4Dentistry.com site is populated with podcasts, clinical case examples, continuing education (CE) courses, and access to live webinars, recent articles, and other resources. Topics include placing minimally invasive low-aerosol fillings, how to approach emergency treatments, ways to keep the dental practice safe and secure, and much more.
Minimally invasive restoration techniques often eliminate the need for high-speed drilling, which creates aerosols that can impact both patients and practitioners. Using glass ionomer and glass hybrid restorative technology systems provide interim and long-term restorative solutions. Featured cases demonstrate how blending glass hybrids and traditional materials and methods can reduce aerosols, such as utilizing materials like Equia Forte HT glass hybrid restoratives that require no high-speed drilling or extensive tooth preparation. Instructors include Drs. Jeremy Horst, Jeanette MacLean, Lance Kisby, and Victor Cedillo Felix.
Implementing the correct protocols is paramount to patient and staff safety, but keeping track of the rapidly changing recommendations and guidelines can be daunting. The Safe and Secure Practice section of the microsite contains the latest updates on evolving guidelines by organizations (such as the American Dental Association, FDI World Dental Federation, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), step-by-step procedures, and relevant articles and resources for the dental practitioner.
The Additional Resources section contains systematic reviews, additional tutorials, webinars, and podcasts. Presenters include Drs. Timothy Bizga, Jeanette MacLean, Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, and others. Dental professionals can join Dr. Bob Margeas for product discussions and explore the restorative decision tree with Dr. Todd Snyder. Dental professionals can also sign up for virtual meetings and lunch and learn programs, which provide CE credits.
GC America is committed to the safety and wellbeing of both oral health providers and patients and the quality of its products. To gain user opinions and suggestions, Safe4Dentistry.com also includes a brief survey for customers to provide feedback on featured products and their use in procedures. For more information, please visit http://Safe4Dentistry.com/.
Editor's note: This article is an edited version of a press release dated August 12, 2020, from GC America.