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COVID-19 Infection Rates Among Dental Professionals: A Comparison of Rates in North American and Europe

Presentation Date
September 8, 2021


Walter Siqueira
Iain Chapple
Marco Mazevet
Sreenath Madathil
Cameron Estrich
Gerhard Seeberger
Amie Dowell
Eric Reynolds

CE Credits
2 Contact Hours

Course Description:  
Evidence is emerging from several countries of COVID-19 infection rates in dentists, dental hygienists and other dental staff as they practice during the pandemic. While this is very important information in and of itself, it is perhaps even more interesting and also disturbing that the evidence is suggesting quite different infection rates among dentists in the United States and dentists and dental hygienists in Canada, compared to dentists and dental hygienists in the United Kingdom and dentists and dental assistants in France.

Given this observation, it is important to promote discussion to explore the reasons behind these apparent differences and, if necessary, research and other strategies to address them, reducing infections rates to the lowest possible in these countries and globally.

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss differences in COVID-19 infection rates among dentists and dental hygienists in the USA and Canada, compared to dentists and dental hygienists in the UK and France.
  • Explore the reasons behind the differences in COVID-19 infection rates across dental professionals in North America and Europe.
  • Identify strategies to reduce COVID-19 infection rates among dental professionals globally.

Time  Presentation
0-5 mins Introduction of event topic and speakers (W. Siqueira, U Saskatchewan, Canada)
6-14 mins Results from UK (I. Chapple, U Birmingham, UK)
15-23 mins Results from France (M. Mazevet, Les Chirurgiens-Dentistes de France, Paris)
24-32 mins Results from Canada (S. Madathil, McGill U, Canada)
33-41 mins Results from the USA (C. Estrich, ADA, USA)
42-47 mins Reaction from perspective of dentists (G. Seeberger, FDI)
48-53 mins Reaction from perspective of dental hygienists (A. Dowell, FDHRC)
54-59 mins Reaction from perspective of researchers (E. Reynolds, IADR)
60-80 mins Questions/discussion (W. Siqueira)
80-85 mins Concluding remarks and thanks (W. Siqueira)

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