The impact of the COVID-19 infection in dentistry

Pier Carmine Passarelli, Edoardo Rella, Paolo Francesco Manicone, Franklin Garcia-Godoy, Antonio D’Addona

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Abstract

The novel Coronavirus pandemic defines a new risk for all dental practitioners, hygienists, and dental assistants. As an increasing number of dentists are now developing this disease, we wanted to provide some measures to manage this risk in the dental practice, by undergoing a review of the current literature. This minireview searches the literature for articles that both defined the infection risk in the dental practice and provided evidence on the efficacy of some procedures on reducing the infection risk. Several articles have already pointed out some necessary measures: fewer patients have to be admitted to the practice, a short triage should be carried out, and the appropriate measures of protection have to be used. On the basis of the literature collected, a short questionnaire and a flowchart is proposed to define the risk that each patient carries, and to appropriately adapt each procedure based on the patient’s risk. The literature is still limited on this subject, but on the basis of what is available, dental practices have to adapt to the situation in order to protect dental health professionals. Impact statement: Dentists have always been taught how to protect themselves and their patients from potential blood-borne pathogens, but the Coronavirus pandemic has brought a new unprecedented challenge to the world of dentistry; we therefore reviewed the literature to provide suggestions on how to accordingly change dental practice prevention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)940-944
Number of pages5
JournalExperimental Biology and Medicine
Volume245
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2020

Keywords

  • Coronavirus
  • dentistry
  • risk management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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