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Managing emerging challenges of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in dentistry

Ak, Gülsüm, Gunay, Aysem Y., Olley, Ryan C. and Sen, Nazmiye 2020. Managing emerging challenges of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in dentistry. European Oral Research 54 (2) , pp. 101-107. 10.26650/eor.20200056

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Dental centers have been referred to as a hub or reservoir for infection, where healthcare professionals and other staff, patients and the public together may potentially spread pathogenic microorganisms. This may occur via saliva, skin or indirectly through air, water, and contaminated surfaces or instruments. Everyone should therefore be considered as potential sources of infection. During a pandemic, limiting unnecessary care has been adopted as a clinical measure for some patient’s, to reduce the risk of cross-infection in the short term. However, in order to enable continuation of necessary and qualified care, dental processes need to follow specific infection control strategies in order to prevent transmission of emerging pandemic risks following COVID19. In this article, we develop a tool with practical recommendations to mitigate infection risks before, during and following pandemics to enable ongoing dental care provision in primary and secondary care based on national and global recommendations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Additional Information: This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
ISSN: 2630-6158
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 July 2020
Date of Acceptance: 21 May 2020
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 04:22

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