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PPE Questions and Answers

These questions have been compiled by the Massachusetts Dental Society to offer general guidance to members. You should continue to rely on your best professional judgment and always consult with your legal or financial advisors for guidance regarding your particular situation. We will continue to update this section as more information becomes available or as information changes.

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Should doctors be trying to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE) on their own or will that lead to dentists competing for the materials that the ADA is trying to obtain on their behalf? Could you provide clear guidance on this aspect of PPE for members?

Where can I order PPE if I do not have an existing relationship with a vendor?

How can my staff and I get fitted for PPE?

I do not have a face shield. What are my options?

I do not have an N95 respirator. What are my other options?

What PPE is required for reopening?

Should the gowns be discarded daily?

Should the hygienist wear an N95 or surgical mask if he or she’s doing hand scaling or taking an intraoral radiograph?

Can the MDS buy N95s for members at discounted rates?

Is there a list of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved PPE manufacturers?