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Infection Control and Preventive Guidelines against COVID-19 in Dentistry

Priyanka H Sawant, Rohan Sawant, Nilker Vimala, Rahul Ramteke

Citation Information : Sawant PH, Sawant R, Vimala N, Ramteke R. Infection Control and Preventive Guidelines against COVID-19 in Dentistry. J Oper Dent Endod 2020; 5 (1):25-38.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10047-0092

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 28-09-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Globally, a new public health disease has emerged threatening the world. Due to the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus which is named as 2019-nCoV and causes severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Virus is found to be zoonotic, originating in bats and further transmitted to humans through yet unknown intermediary transmitters or channels in Wuhan, Hubei province of China and discovered in December 2019. This novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is highly infectious and now human-to-human transmission is rampant. The coronavirus was recently found in saliva of infected patients after taking their swabs. In this point-of-view article, we discuss the potential of transmission of this virus via the droplets of saliva emitted when the infected person opens his or her mouth. This study has been especially focused on such scenarios arising in the dental practice setup. There seems to be high risk of transmission of novel coronavirus via contact with droplets and aerosols generated during dental clinical procedures. Here, we will be exploring such transmission scenarios and recommend the infection control measures during dental practice to block the person-to-person transmission routes in dental clinics and hospitals.

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