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Protective Measures Against COVID-19: Dental Practice and Infection Control

Version 1 : Received: 1 May 2021 / Approved: 3 May 2021 / Online: 3 May 2021 (16:03:40 CEST)

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Induri, N.R., Sri; Chun, Y.C.; Chun, J.C.; Fleisher, K.E.; Glickman, R.S.; Xu, F.; Ioannidou, E.; Li, X.; Saxena, D. Protective Measures against COVID-19: Dental Practice and Infection Control. Healthcare 2021, 9, 679. Induri, N.R., Sri; Chun, Y.C.; Chun, J.C.; Fleisher, K.E.; Glickman, R.S.; Xu, F.; Ioannidou, E.; Li, X.; Saxena, D. Protective Measures against COVID-19: Dental Practice and Infection Control. Healthcare 2021, 9, 679.

Journal reference: Healthcare 2021, 9, 679
DOI: 10.3390/healthcare9060679

Abstract

The onset of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has challenged the worldwide healthcare sector, including dentistry. The highly infectious nature of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus and risk of transmission through aerosol generating procedures has profoundly impacted the delivery of dental care services globally for months causing prioritization of critical dental needs and suspension of routine dental procedures. As dental practices with strengthened infection control strategies and preventive measures are re-opening in the “new normal” period, it is the responsibility of healthcare professionals to constantly analyze new data and limit the spread of COVID-19 in dental care settings. With the new variants of SARS-CoV-2 rapidly emerging in different geographic locations, a definite need to comply more than ever with the rigorous public health measures to mitigate COVID -19 transmission exists. The aim of this article is to provide dental clinicians with essential information regarding both the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus and protective measures against COVID-19 transmission in dental facilities. By compiling guidance and standard protocols recommended by credible national and international organizations, this article serves as an aid to navigating through this unprecedented time with ease. Much to learn about COVID-19 exists and because of constant ongoing research, we are not aware of all of the newly found information. However, in this paper, we reviewed the available literature recommended for the best current practices that must be taken for a dental office to function safely and successfully.

Keywords

COVID-19; SARS-2; Dentistry; Infection Control; Coronavirus; Disinfection

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