Dental Patient Care in the Era of COVID-19. As patients return to the dentist they know and trust during the COVID-19 pandemic, they may be unsure about the new protocols. With this brochure from OSAP, understanding the changes around the practice may be a little bit easier and families can rest assured that their safety is the main priority. Click here to view.

American Academy of Pediatrics State-Level Reports on Children and COVID-19. The latest report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shows that as of November 11, 2021, children contributed 27% to all COVID-19 cases. Child cases are up 22% from the two weeks prior. This report is regularly updated. To access the report and summary, click here. (August 26, 2021)

Pediatric Mental Health in a COVID-19 World: Ten Basic Concepts Every Pediatric Dentist Should Know About Child Mental Health and the Psychological Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The California Society for Pediatric Dentistry (CSPD) offers this webinar on the various impacts of COVID-19 on child mental health. This presentation is uniquely tailored to the pediatric dentist who can receive CE credit for participating. Click here to register.

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Myths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created this myth-busting factsheet to bring awareness to fictitious ideas about the COVID-19 vaccination. The concise explanations were designed help patients understand the claims and learn what is true and what is false when rumors make their way into communities. To visit Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines, click here.

Estimates and Projections of COVID-19 and Parental Death in the US. This article from JAMA Pediatrics highlights the needs of children who have lost parents to Coronavirus, noting a substantial increase in parental bereavement estimated to be 17.5% to 20.2% higher than pre-pandemic rates. Click here to read on about how parental bereavement is affecting the pediatric population during the COVID-19 pandemic. (April 6, 2021)

Talking with Your Patients about COVID-19 Vaccines. The latest toolkit from the American Dental Association has arrived. Intended to help you inspire vaccine confidence in your patients and their caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, this communications guide is fit with conversation starters, take-home fact sheets, and sample emails to reach out to your patients to encourage vaccination. Social media do's and don'ts? Find the answers in Patient Return: Talking with Your Patients About COVID-19 Vaccines.

Parent Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019. This family-focused resource outlines practical tips to help households respond to stressors during the pandemic. Topics include preparing for the enduring effects of COVID-19, coping with stress during a pandemic like COVID-19, and helping children cope. Click here to read more. (February 26, 2021) 

COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families. From Generations United’s National Center on Grandfamilies comes COVID-19 resource tailored specifically for multigenerational families whose young and old are living together through the pandemic. Find financial help and other basic needs resources, crisis hotlines and more. Click here to view. (February 26, 2021) 

“How to Recognize if Your Child Is Seriously Ill” During COVID-19 Lockdown: An Evaluation of Parents' Confidence and Health-Seeking Behaviors. The authors of this study evaluate the efficacy of a patient education material meant to help parents’ decision-making and assessment of their ill children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read. 

Supporting Young Children Isolated Due to Coronavirus. Parents and caregivers may be overwhelmed with new responsibilities during the pandemic. This concise document from Louisiana State University focuses on the five key things that parents caregivers can focus on to help their children cope with isolation from their normal routine. Click here to read. (February 26, 2021) 

New Fact Sheet: Talking to Parents about the COVID-19 Pandemic. What to say to families coming back to your practice? This new AAPD resource gives concise positive answers to parent questions about treatment, appointments, dental emergencies and other topics related to the oral health care of their children. It lets families know that even though the office may look a bit different, you continue to provide the highest quality of care possible while keeping children safe and comfortable during the dental visit. You can use the fact sheet in conversations with parents, email it to families, and post it on your website and Facebook page. It can be adopted as is or modified to suit your practice. And don’t forget to share it with your referring dental and medical offices. Click here to access the FAQ. (May 9, 2020)

Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event. From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, this resource is helpfully organized by age-group to help you help children and families who have experienced distress. Click here to read. (December 1, 2020)

The Emotional Impact of Disaster on Children and Families. Children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the effects of disasters. This intro course on the emotional impact of disasters on the pediatric population is a great place to touch-up your knowledge of the emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents. Click here to read. (December 1, 2020)

What to Expect At Your Next Dental Visit. The American Dental Association brings you their patient communication toolkit for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this collection of resources, you can find the What to Expect Guide, Frequently Asked Questions, Facebook Posts and Office Signs, as well as Email and Text Reminders for patients returning for care during the pandemic. Download materials here.

Caring for Children During COVID-19. A parent-focused feature from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this webpage presents valuable prevention tips focused on children. Click here to view. (Updated September 17, 2020)