Effectiveness and Recommendations for the Use of Dental Masks in the Prevention of COVID-19: A Literature Review

Josabet Johana Arellano-Cotrina, Nicole Marengo-Coronel, Katherine Joselyn Atoche-Socola, Claudio Peña-Soto, Luis Ernesto Arriola-Guillén

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Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to identify, synthesize, and compare all the current information on the efficacy of dental masks, emphasizing their use, types, and filters to prevent the spread and infection of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. A bibliographic search of the main scientific databases was carried out using the words masks, COVID-19, and dentistry. Articles without language restriction up to May 31, 2020, were obtained. The types of masks, their half-life, method to use, sterilization, and proposed alternatives for dental masks were analyzed. Most of the articles refer to the use of N95 or FFP2 respirators presented as a strategy to extend the life of the masks and limited reuse. Regarding sterilization, most of the articles presented studies using ultraviolet germicidal irradiation as the sterilization method. Regarding respirator mask half-life, we recommend prolonged use, combined with a disposable surgical mask over the respirator mask. Finally, the use of N95 or FFP2 respirators are recommended as part of personal protective equipment for dental use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E43-E48
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • FFP2
  • N95
  • dentistry
  • face masks
  • respirator

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