COVID-19 : Present and Future Challenges for Dental Practice

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, with a high fatality rate that may reach 8%. The disease is caused by SARS-CoV-2 which is one of the coronaviruses. Realizing the severity of outcomes associated with this disease and its high rate of transmission, dentists were instructed by regulatory authorities, such as the American Dental Association, to stop providing treatment to dental patients except those who have emergency complaints. This was mainly for protection of dental healthcare personnel, their families, contacts, and their patients from the transmission of virus, and also to preserve the much-needed supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE). Dentists at all times should competently follow cross-infection control protocols, but particularly during this critical time, they should do their best to decide on the emergency cases that are indicated for dental treatment. Dentists should also be updated on how this pandemic is related to their profession in order to be well oriented and prepared. This overview will address several issues concerned with the COVID-19 pandemic that directly relate to dental practice in terms of prevention, treatment, and orofacial clinical manifestations.

Media Type:

Electronic Article

Year of Publication:

2020

Contained In:

International journal of environmental research and public health - Vol. 17, No. 9 (2020)

Language:

English

Contributors:

Odeh, Najla Dar
Babkair, Hamzah
Abu-Hammad, Shaden
Borzangy, Sary
Abu-Hammad, Abdalla
Abu-Hammad, Osama

Urls:

Volltext

Keywords:

Aerosol
COVID-19
Coronavirus Infections
Dental Care
Dentistry
Forecasting
Humans
Infection Control
Journal Article
Manifestations
Oral
Pandemics
Pneumonia, Viral
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Review
Saliva

Notes:

Date Completed 08.05.2020

Date Revised 18.12.2020

published: Electronic

Citation Status MEDLINE

Copyright: From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Physical Description:

Online-Ressource

doi:

10.3390/ijerph17093151

PMID:

32366034

PPN (Catalogue-ID):

NLM310357918