Biosafety for Dental Patients during Dentistry Care after COVID-19: A Review of the Literature

Adriana Abigail Siles-Garcia, Anais Gabriela Alzamora-Cepeda, Katherine Joselyn Atoche-Socola, Claudio Peña-Soto, Luis Ernesto Arriola-Guillén

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Abstract

The world is currently changing due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and the field of dentistry is no stranger to this. The care of patients in the dental office involves very strict biosafety protocols, and patients must be aware of the protection barriers implemented to allow satisfactory, safe dental care. The purpose of this study was to synthesize and analyze the management of the current biosafety standards for dental patients since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. A bibliographic search of the main sources of information including MEDLINE (by means of PubMed), Scopus, Science Direct, SCIELO, and Google Scholar was carried out. Articles published without language restriction, systematic reviews, literature reviews, and observational studies were included. We identified the biosafety measures that must be taken before, during, and after dental practice following the arrival of COVID-19. The main measures include telephone triage, temperature taking on arrival at the office, the organization of the waiting room, washing hands before entering the office, knowing the auxiliary radiographic exams of choice and what type of treatment can be performed, albeit with restrictions. In conclusion, dental patients must comply with all the biosafety measures established by international protection standards and implemented by dentists before, during, and after dental practice to reduce the possibility of COVID-19 infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e43-e48
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Biosafety
  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • dentistry
  • patients

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