Implications of COVID-19 on Safety-Net Oral Health Services

Authors: Margaret Langelier, MSHSA | Simona Surdu, MD, PhD | Theekshana Fernando, MBBS, MPH, CHES® | Sai Sindhura Gundavarapu, BS | Alex Romero

Topics: COVID-19, Oral Health

Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research Center

April 1, 2023

The temporary postponement of oral health services beginning in March 2020 had lasting impacts on dental providers, but especially on those in the safety-net. Safety-net organizations, which were established to meet the health care needs of people who, for reasons of income, insurance status, geography, disability, race, language, or ethnicity, are unable to access needed health services, were profoundly impacted.

This report describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the delivery of oral health services in the dental safety-net.

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