On June 24th, the ADA announced their support of a new bill that would provide a tax credit of up to $25,000 for small businesses, including dental practices, to use towards the purchase of personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This would include items such as gloves, masks and/or respirators, eye protection, gowns, hand sanitizers, cleaning supplies and other equipment.
ADA President Chad P. Gehani and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin indicated this bill would provide much-needed relief for dentists, many of whom were forced to drastically limit their services or close completely amid safety concerns during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. As practices reopen, they will need to adopt several new infection control measures, including increased personal protective equipment use. These new safety precautions and supplies not only affect their day-to-day operations, they also have a significant financial impact on dental practices still struggling to recover from weeks, and in some cases, months of lost revenue.