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Oral Healthcare Management of Children after COVID-19 Outbreak

Gagandeep Lamba, Devendra I Nagpal, Purva Chowdhari, Kavita Hotwani, Mohit K Gunwal

Keywords : 2019 Coronavirus disease, Non-aerosol-generating procedures, Oral health prevention, Pediatric dentistry, Treatment categorization

Citation Information : Lamba G, Nagpal DI, Chowdhari P, Hotwani K, Gunwal MK. Oral Healthcare Management of Children after COVID-19 Outbreak. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2021; 14 (2):293-297.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-1906

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-07-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

The emergence of the novel 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has led to a significant challenge to healthcare professionals. Among all the healthcare providers, dental clinical setup is exposed to the generation of potentially hazardous aerosols which could be a point of cross-contamination. Dentists catering to pediatric patients need to take special precautions, as they have milder symptoms or could be asymptomatic and hence potential vectors for the transfer of infection. One needs to change the perspective to manage the oral health of children as a child\'s oral health presents specific problems that could be time-bound and hence need to be treated accordingly. These problems can be managed on one hand by preventive methods, and on the other by implementing specific protocols relating to the conditions that represent an emergency, or those situations that fall into the category of elective dental procedures. This article highlights the routes of transmission in a dental practice and focuses on the categorization of treatment for children based on treatment needs. It proposes a restructuring of the treatment protocol and hence shifting to minimal invasive or non-aerosol-generating procedures (AGP). These techniques are also proposed to be used even after the end of the current emergency period to minimize the aerosol splatter. Clinical significance: The article highlights the protocol that needs to be followed after treatment categorization during and after COVID-19 pandemic.


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