Burst Oral Care Offers Support to Dental Professionals Facing Unique Difficulty With COVID-19

Posted: March 31, 2020
Edited by Dentaltown staff

LOS ANGELES—The American Dental Association has recommended that dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks, which has led to an increased number of dental professionals out of work, or working less. Burst, an oral care subscription company, is assisting these dental professionals whose offices have either closed temporarily, or remain open but then put them at risk through close contact, potential contamination of saliva, and shortage of protective equipment during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The closures and reduced hours affect not only hygienists but also hourly employees at these practices, leaving a vast majority out of work, or on reduced hours. Data from the ADA suggests there are over 350,000 working dental professionals in the U.S.

Burst works extremely closely with the dental community, and announced they are waiving the $20 fee for dental professionals to join the Burst Ambassador program. The program allows working dental professionals to gain additional income through working with Burst as an ambassador, even from home, by recommending Burst products and collaborating with Burst on product innovations. By March 27, a total of $5 million has been distributed to over 25,000 dental professionals.

The company has also declared they are donating a portion of sales, up to $20,000, to the Direct Relief organization in light of COVID-19. Direct Relief supports public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the U.S., China and globally by providing personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to COVID-19. In the U.S., they're delivering protective masks—along with exam gloves and isolation gowns—to health care organizations in areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases.

"Our profession is in a really tough spot—we either risk our health or lose our livelihood. It's a no win situation. We're particularly at high risk for exposure to COVID-19 due largely to close contact, contamination of saliva, and a current shortage of protective equipment. As a result of this, most hygienists are either out of jobs because offices are closed and are dealing solely with emergency patients with no pay, or, where offices are still open as usual, many hygienists feel forced to work and risk exposure because they fear losing their jobs," said Nancy Tran, RDH.

"The current global situation is creating significant concerns, both financially and health-wise, for dentists, hygienists and assistants all over the country, and we hope to do our bit through allowing easy-access to our ambassador program, and donation to Direct Relief. We'll continue to work closely with our Burst ambassadors, who we consider our family," said Hamish Khayat, founder, Burst Oral Care.

For more information, visit burstoralcare.com/ambassadorprogram.
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