Precautions When Providing Dental Care During Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2020 May;49(5):312-319.

Abstract

Transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-caused by novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2-through aerosolised saliva and respiratory droplets is possible when aerosol-generating dental procedures are performed. Consequently, dental practitioners are at increased risk of being infected when treating COVID-19 patients. A comprehensive review of the current literature on precautions when providing dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic is discussed and recommendations for dental practitioners are made. Dental practitioners should actively keep themselves abreast of the guidelines published by both national and international authorities and adhere strictly to them.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus*
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission
  • Dental Care*
  • Humans
  • Infection Control*
  • Pandemics / prevention & control
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control
  • Pneumonia, Viral / transmission

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2