Background: The COVID-19, originated in China in December 2019, has spread worldwide pandemically. Infection control measures are especially needed for healthcare professionals who meet potentially infected patients. Objective: The authors aimed to provide general knowledge about COVID-19 disease and indications for the management of emergency dental procedures based on recent literature and experience gained. Methods: A literature search was performed to identify scientific information on COVID-19 and prevention of cross infection appropriate for the practice of dentistry. Results: The authors provided relevant information about SARS-CoV-2 virus, COVID-19 disease, and prevention of cross infections in the dental office. Furthermore, the authors described their experience and highlighted the potential of telemedicine. Conclusion: This article, based on relevant researches, guidelines and Authors’ experience in a COVID-19 Hospital, introduces essential knowledge about COVID-19 and transmission routes and provides recommended management protocols for dental practitioners.

COVID-19 is a new challenge for dental practitioners: Advice on patients’ management from prevention of cross infections to telemedicine

Giudice A.;Bennardo F.;Antonelli A.;Fortunato L.
2020-01-01

Abstract

Background: The COVID-19, originated in China in December 2019, has spread worldwide pandemically. Infection control measures are especially needed for healthcare professionals who meet potentially infected patients. Objective: The authors aimed to provide general knowledge about COVID-19 disease and indications for the management of emergency dental procedures based on recent literature and experience gained. Methods: A literature search was performed to identify scientific information on COVID-19 and prevention of cross infection appropriate for the practice of dentistry. Results: The authors provided relevant information about SARS-CoV-2 virus, COVID-19 disease, and prevention of cross infections in the dental office. Furthermore, the authors described their experience and highlighted the potential of telemedicine. Conclusion: This article, based on relevant researches, guidelines and Authors’ experience in a COVID-19 Hospital, introduces essential knowledge about COVID-19 and transmission routes and provides recommended management protocols for dental practitioners.
2020
COVID-19
Dental public health
Emergency dental treatment
Guidelines
Infection control
Telemedicine
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