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COVID-19 Transmission and Emergency Care Q&A

On April 7, 2020, the American Dental Association recorded answers to questions submitted by dentists regarding the ADA’s interim guidance for minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission while performing emergency and urgent dental care.

The Q&A discussion covers a range of topics including the use of personal protective equipment, coordinating care with other members of the medical community and the future of infection control in dentistry.

Learn more about the ADA’s interim guidance and steps you can take to ensure the safety of you, your patients and your dental team.


Dr. Mia GeisingerMia Geisinger, DDS, MS
Dr. Mia Geisinger is Chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. She is also Professor and Director of Advanced Education in Periodontology at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. She received her DDS from Columbia University School of Dental Medicine and her Certificate in Periodontology and Master of Science degree from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


Dr. Marcelo ArajuroMarcelo Araujo, DDS, MS, PhD
Dr. Marcelo Araujo is ADA Chief Science Officer, the CEO of the ADA Science & Research Institute, LLC and the CEO of the ADA Foundation. Dr. Araujo received his Doctor in Dental Surgery and earned a Certificate in Periodontology at Universidade Gama Filho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He received his Ph.D. in epidemiology and community health, and Master of Sciences, Oral Sciences from State University of New York at Buffalo, where he also completed a two-and-a-half year Fellowship in Periodontology research and teaching.


Dr. Dave PrebleDave Preble, DDS, JD, CAE
Dr. Dave Preble is the Senior Vice President of the Practice Institute, in his 15th year at the ADA. He practiced dentistry for over 20 years, holds a legal degree and is a Certified Association Executive. Dave is a Fellow of both the American College of Dentists and the American College of Legal Medicine.

The ADA is committed to helping the dental community navigate this unprecedented crisis. Please visit for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 from the ADA.