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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 57-63

Dental practice in COVID times: A review


1 Department of Diagnostic and Surgical Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, UAE
2 Department of Oral and Caraniofacial Health Sciences, College of Dentistry, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE
3 Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, UAE
4 Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, UAE

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sesha Manchala Reddy
Department of Diagnostic and Surgical Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Gulf Medical University, Al Jurf 4184, Ajman.
UAE
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jioh.jioh_212_20

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Coronavirus originated from Wuhan, China in December 2019 was designated initially as an epidemic but later in a short period it was declared as a pandemic. Currently, this pandemic has spread to 210 countries. There is a steady increase in the number of people getting infected with COVID and a surge in mortality as well. It is an alarming situation for health-care professionals. Dental professionals, by the very nature of treatment (direct contact with the patient’s mouth, saliva, aerosols, and droplets), carry a potential risk of getting infected or transmitting infection. Various associations have developed guidelines for an approach to the dental treatment in COVID crisis. With current knowledge, prevention and isolation seem to be the best method reiterating the old-age saying “Prevention is better than cure.” In this review, we will discuss with the help of flowcharts various preventive measures to decrease the spread of infection and precautions for the dental practice.


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