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Title: Streamlining the dental care during COVID-19 pandemic: updated clinical recommendations and infection control management framework
Keywords: Oral health
Health policy
Coronavirus Disease 2019
Issue Date: 12-Mar-2021
Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa Odontológica (SBPqO)
Citation: PEREIRA, L. J. et al. Streamlining the dental care during COVID-19 pandemic: updated clinical recommendations and infection control management framework. Brazilian Oral Research, [S.l.], v. 35, p. 1-9, 2021. DOI: 10.1590/1807-3107bor-2021.vol35.0046.
Abstract: Several guidelines for dental practice have been published by dental associations and regulatory boards since the beginning of the pandemic. Initially, all non-emergency dental treatment were suspended. Healthcare personnel around the world are gradually expanding back to elective procedures. International updated recommendations alert that professionals must maintain regular observation of local health department reports, ensure personal protective equipment, and screen all patients for COVID-19 signs and symptoms. Telehealth strategies, patient screening, rescheduling when presenting COVID-19 symptoms and/or history of contact with infected people and hand/environment hygiene practices are reinforced. Appropriate cleaning and surface disinfection are mandatory. The dental staff must be trained to use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), following a risk assessment and standard precautions: gloves; fluid resistant disposable gown, eye protection (face shield or goggles) and a medical mask. A fit tested N95 or KN95 respirator (or higher) is recommended when aerosol generating procedures are performed. Only essential accompanying persons should attend to dental appointment with the patient and must wear a cloth face covering or facemask. Social distancing and mask wearing by all staff are necessary in all areas of the office. Dental health care providers should keep up to date to the current guidance of clinical practice during the pandemic.
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