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COVID-19: Pediatric Oral Health During and After the Pandemics

Version 1 : Received: 31 March 2020 / Approved: 1 April 2020 / Online: 1 April 2020 (09:10:39 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 15 May 2020 / Approved: 16 May 2020 / Online: 16 May 2020 (18:11:49 CEST)

How to cite: Luzzi, V.; Ierardo, G.; Bossù, M.; Polimeni, A. COVID-19: Pediatric Oral Health During and After the Pandemics. Preprints 2020, 2020040002 Luzzi, V.; Ierardo, G.; Bossù, M.; Polimeni, A. COVID-19: Pediatric Oral Health During and After the Pandemics. Preprints 2020, 2020040002

Abstract

During the period of health emergency linked to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the management of children's oral health presents specific problems related to the infectious spread of the disease. These problems must be faced on the one hand by acting on the oral health prevention methods, and on the other by implementing specific protocols relating both to the conditions of oral pathologies that normally do not represent an emergency, and to those clinical situations that fall into the category of pediatric dental emergencies. In this perspective, in addition to defining rigorous and highly effective infection control protocols in the dental settings, it is of fundamental importance to work on remote communication and education aimed at maintaining the oral health of the children. This article, after an analysis of the risk factors from COVID-19 associated with pediatric dental treatment, presents a series of considerations on potential oral prevention strategies and on the management of emergency and non-emergency dental procedures in a context of disease transmission control, proposing new approaches and models of treatment based also on remote interaction techniques which will then retain their usefulness even at the end of the current emergency period.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; pandemics; pediatric dentistry; oral health prevention; coronavirus

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Comment 1
Received: 16 May 2020
Commenter: Valeria Luzzi
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: The article was revised and references were added following the reviewers comments.
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