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Dealing with “Coronavirus Pandemic”: A Dental Outlook

Sadhna Sharma, Aditi Garg, Ramanand P Vignesh

Citation Information : Sharma S, Garg A, Vignesh RP. Dealing with “Coronavirus Pandemic”: A Dental Outlook. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2020; 13 (3):269-278.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-1757

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 14-10-2020

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


An emergent pneumonia outbreak, denoted as coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) by the World Health Organization (WHO) originated in Wuhan City, in late December 2019 and spread at an alarming rate to become a pandemic affecting more than 200 countries. The COVID-19 is caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which is highly contagious and is associated with a high mortality rate. The current COVID-19 outbreak has created a major havoc among every strata of the society with a detrimental impact on healthcare professionals, including dentists limiting their capabilities at large. The transmission of virus through aerosols produced by high- and low-speed handpieces, ultrasonic scalers, air/water syringes, or an infected patient coughing, and even when taking intraoral radiographs has made it difficult for dental personnel to provide even the most basic services to the needful. The virus survives on environmental surfaces for extended periods of time, including metal and plastic surfaces commonly found in dental offices making it utmost necessary to follow the precautions and recommendations issued by various organizations in order to contain its spread. This article aims to provide the latest knowledge encompassing the various aspects of COVID-19 to pediatric dentists in India.

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