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PPE Update

PPE Update

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  • PPE and infection control items are available for GDC-registered dentists only.
  • Some products are supplied by NHS supply chain England for distribution to NHS and private practices in England only*
  • Expected delivery dates are for guidance only. They are not definitive and subject to change.
  • Please check back regularly for updates and log into your account to see live stock availability
  • Due to the current increase in demand and stock piling, all PPE and infection control items are non-returnable unless faulty or damaged upon receipt and reported within 48hrs of receipt. For FFP3, FFP2 masks should the mask fail a fit test then any unopened boxes may be returned for credit. To qualify for a credit on these masks you must notify us of your intention to return the masks within 30 days of receipt.

 Stock levels

PPE type Notes
Antigen Rapid Response COVID-19 Tests Provides Practices with the opportunity to test anyone who suspects they maybe be infected or have already had the virus.
Eye Protection  
Gloves Demand has surged in recent days. The supply chain for gloves is more stable than masks, and we don’t expect the same degree of pressure, assuming no changes in the production environment. 

All Gloves now have a Max Grab of 50 boxes


Hand sanitiser

Masks - Type II

Masks - Type IIR - Fluid resistant for non-AGPs

Masks FFP2 and FFP3  
Mask Earloop Expander  
Rubber Dam
Sanitiser Blast/Room Fogger  
Surface Sanitiser Liquid Be careful when changing your surface sanitisers and how it may effect the surfaces in your practice ; such as upholstery, equipment and paintwork
Surface Sanitiser Wipes  
Air Purifiers  
Isovac dental isolation system  

What PPE do I need to re-open my Practice?

The PPE requirements published so far by CDO EnglandCDO Walesthe Scottish governmentFGDP, the HPSC in the Republic of Ireland and Public Health England all broadly agree that enhanced PPE is required when carrying out dental procedures that produce more aerosol, and hence are considered more likely to spread Coronavirus. The table below shows which procedures are considered by these authorities to fall into each category. This table is for guidance only - appropriate PPE should be risk assessed based on the patient, procedure and environment, and you should check the latest information available from your regional health authority.

Procedure type Aerosol generating procedures (AGPs)

Considered to be a higher risk of Coronavirus transmission
Non-aerosol generating procedures (non-AGPs)

Considered to be a lower risk of Coronavirus transmission
Minimum PPE advised
Full face visor

FFP2/FFP3 respirator mask (must be fit-tested)

Single-use long sleeved fluid-repellent gown

Single use gloves

Consider hat and shoe covers (based on risk-assessment)

Scrubs, changed at least daily and washed at minimum 60C 
Eye protection (based on risk-assessment)

Type IIR fluid-resistant surgical mask

Single-use apron

Single-use gloves

Scrubs, changed at least daily and washed at minimum 60C
Examples Use of high speed handpieces

Use of Cavitron, Piezosonic or other
mechanised scalers

High pressure 3 in 1 air syringe

Air polishing

Opening teeth for drainage

Surgical extraction involving bone removal / sectioning
Clinical examinations (avoid initiating cough reflex)

Hand scaling with suction

Non-surgical extraction

Removable denture stages

Fissure sealant

Orthodontic repairs avoiding use of high-speed handpieces


It's worth noting that the definition of an AGP isn't totally clear cut. The BDIA feel that all dental procedures could be considered aerosol-generating to some extent, and FGDP point out that natural transmission of viral infection is always possible (through an infected person coughing, sneezing, talking or just breathing) so it's up to the clinician to determine the most appropriate PPE based on the risk factors involved: type of procedure, level of aerosol generated, length of time of procedure, and use of mitigating factors such as rubber dam and high volume aspiration.

Fit Testing

Tightfitting FFP2 and FFP3 respirators require fit testing by a qualified professional.

A fit test should be repeated whenever there is a change to the RPE type, size, model or material or whenever there is a change to the circumstances of the wearer that could alter the fit of the RPE. Therefore please ensure that you have received physical stock of your masks before you book your fit testing. 

Please be aware that any recent price changes are a direct result of increased costs from our manufacturers. This is due to increased raw material costs and increased air freight costs to meet the heightened supply requirements of the medical and dental profession during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Public Sector and Corporate customers who hold a fixed Contract with Henry Schein Dental shall be notified as required of any Pandemic related price increases.

Unfortunately, this is unavoidable. PPE and infection control items will be impacted the greatest and prices will fluctuate for the short term due to the current trading environment and immense pressure on the entire supply chain. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We aim to be open and honest and keep you updated as changes happen. We appreciate your business and are committed to supporting you to deliver essential healthcare to your patients.

We expect relief from the price pressure when all can return to normal. Stay safe.

Backorder information

Please be aware that backorder products on customer’s accounts have been canceled during this period to prevent them being sent out to practices that are closed. If you wish to re-order these products, please contact a member of the Sales team on 0800 023 2558.