May 22, 2020 | Issue 49
CDC Releases Updated Guidance for Dentists
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response. The updates include:

As a reminder dental professionals are required to meet the guidelines outlined in the Iowa Dental Board Guidelines for the Safe Transition Back to Practice. The IDB has made multiple FAQ documents available for those with questions regarding current guidelines for practicing on their website. The information provided from the CDC constitutes recommendations and guidance. The CDC is not a licensing or governing body.
IDB Seeking Applications for Committees
The Iowa Dental Board (IDB) is seeking applications for the Anesthesia Credentials Committee and Continuing Education Committee. Information regarding each committee, including requirements of members and time commitment, is available here . Those interested in seeking a committee appointment must submit a brief letter and CV to Jill Stuecker at IDB no later than Saturday, May 30 . Appointments will be made during the next IDB meeting on Friday, June 5.
Find the Right Dentist or Practice to Purchase
Earlier this week Iowa dentists received a message from Dr. Kenneth McDougall, ADA 10 th District Trustee from North Dakota, where he stressed, “finding the right practice for you is vital to your career satisfaction and success.” Iowa is one of eight states involved in the ADA Practice Transitions (ADAPT) service that matches those looking for associateships with those who have positions available or those purchasing a practice with those wishing to sell their practice.
As one of the dentists who purchased a practice through ADAPT said, “ ADAPT isn’t just matching you with an area. It’s matching you with a person, a practice, and a mindset, so you’re not going into a situation where you don’t mesh.
Even if you do not plan to make a change soon, the  ADAPT blog is full of advice  that can help you better manage your practice or plan for your future. Take control of your future so you enjoy a successful career and retire with confidence.
IDA Office Closed for Memorial Day
We hope everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend. The IDA office will be closed on Monday, May 25 and there will not be a COVID-19 Update published that day.