ADA asks Small Business Administration for additional assistance

Association requests meeting with new administrator on PPP, other small business topics     

Washington — The ADA is asking the Small Business Administration for additional assistance for dentists and dental practices to help ease the economic distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an April 8 letter to Isabella Guzman, the newly-confirmed administrator of the Small Business Administration, ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin, D.M.D., noted that the majority of dental practices are small businesses and said dentists are often small business leaders in their communities and employers. They added that at the beginning of the pandemic, dentists closed their offices for all but urgent and emergency procedures.

After offices reopened, the COVID-19 relief bills — especially the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Paycheck Protection Program — helped dentists to retain and rehire employees and make updates to their offices to keep everyone safe.

“While these programs were a much-needed lifeline for dental offices, more assistance is needed in order to help ease the economic distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Drs. Klemmedson and O’Loughlin wrote.

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