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e-Alert     May 22, 2020

Update from the President                                                               May 22, 2020

Dear Member,

The Manitoba Dental Association (MDA) regulates dentistry and dental assisting in the public interest. As part of the COVID-19 response, on March 17, 2020 the MDA strongly recommended that all non-essential and elective dental services should be postponed until further notice. Only emergency treatment should continue. On May 4, 2020 the provision of dentistry was extended to include both emergency and urgent dental care. As part of the staged approach to re-introduction, as it relates to what the Manitoba Government is referring to as Restoring Safe Services Phase 2, starting June 1 2020, Manitoba dentists are permitted to return to full provision of dental services.

In all circumstances, dentists should exercise reasonable and prudent judgement in assessing risk. Acting on the work of both our National and Provincial Return to Practise Task Forces, the MDA Board met and approved a Pathway and Interim IPC Guidance for Patient Care During Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Response. This guidance document and should be read in conjunction with Public Health Orders, as well as relevant provincial legislation, regulations and policies.

This afternoon we met with Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer who endorsed our Pathway document and our intention to return Manitoba dentists to full provision of services.

We have been in close communication with the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba (CDHM) regarding the re-establishment of services. CDHM reinforced with us their priority in working together in returning to serve the dental needs of Manitobans.

As witnessed by our low COVID-19 numbers, Manitobans have been fortunate. Our careful and cautious approach has been successful thus far. It is important to remember that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over and that should circumstances change or new evidence become available the MDA may change course.

Given the fact that private dental clinics have been managing only Emergency and Urgent care for the past several weeks and that many dental team members have been placed on various government programs, it is very reasonable that members will need time to prepare their workplaces prior to increasing levels of care. There is no requirement for this to all happen on the morning of Monday, June 1. It may take time for some members to re-organize and prepare their teams. As was done when we moved in to urgent care, please be patient and supportive of your colleagues along with their patient base in re-establishing their teams during this period of transition. We are all in this together.

Finally, thank-you for your hard work and support in carefully managing Manitobans’ dental needs during the COVID-19 response. Please stay well and Keep Smiling!

Kind Regards,

Marc Mollot, B.Sc, DMD
President & Chairman of the Board
Manitoba Dental Association

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