The following is text from an email from the Dental Hygiene Board of California regarding dental hygienists returning to work:
“May 12, 2020
RETURN TO WORK INFORMATION FOR DENTAL HYGIENISTS
The Dental Hygiene Board of California understands and is sympathetic to the uncertain environment that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created for our licensees. Our mandate is to ensure the health and safety of California consumers by promoting ethical standards and enforcing the laws that govern the dental hygiene profession.
As of May 8, the Governor’s stay home order was modified. California is now in the first phase of Stage 2. Under Stage 2, deferred and preventive dental care may be resumed. Those performing these activities will not be violating the stay home order.
Considering the order modification, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued Guidance for Resuming Deferred and Preventative Dental Care. The Board believes the resumption of deferred and preventative dental care can be successfully completed if the guidelines are followed. We want dental hygienists to return to work as quickly as possible, but in the safest possible manner for all involved including practitioners and patients alike.
We thank you for your patience and all you do for the consumer in providing preventative dental hygiene care and education. Be safe and well.
Dental Hygiene Board of California
2005 Evergreen St., Suite 2050
Sacramento, CA 95815