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The Epiphany of Post-COVID: A Watershed for Pediatric Dentistry

Aishwaraya Gupta, Syed G Shah, Bhavna Kaul

Keywords : Aerosol-free dentistry, Atraumatic restorative technique, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Hall technique, Infection control, Minimal invasive dentistry, Pediatric dentistry, Silver diamine fluoride

Citation Information : Gupta A, Shah SG, Kaul B. The Epiphany of Post-COVID: A Watershed for Pediatric Dentistry. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2021; 14 (6):802-811.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-2080

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 06-01-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Abstract

Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has spread as a pandemic throughout the world, posing a serious public health threat. Dentists appear to have a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure amongst Healthcare workers. This danger is even more magnified in pediatric dentistry since infected children typically have an asymptomatic, mild, or severe clinical viral infection and so can considerably contribute to community-based COVID-19 transmission. These are unprecedented times that require unprecedented efforts with dynamic protocols to be adopted. It is very challenging, but also an amazing opportunity to UNLEARN, RELEARN, AND REORGANIZE our approach of dental practice, so as to adapt and come at par to the emerging “NEW NORMAL”. Coronavirus–” THE ENFORCER has enforced upon us, screening of patients for COVID-19, utilization of stringent disinfection & sterilization protocols, be attired with personal protection such as PPE, N95 Mask, face shield, etc., to minimize chances of contraction or cross-contamination with social distancing and appropriate hygiene practices as a new norm. It has further enlightened the concept of “Non-aerosol” or “Minimally invasive techniques” that will possibly guide our therapeutic choices not only in the immediate future but also in the long term. The purpose of this review is to offer a compendious abridgment of literature available on COVID-19 to give an insight on recommendations that have been published about pediatric dental practice during COVID-19 and lays a concrete emphasis on the paradigm shift in the actual in-practice treatment options, to adapt to the changing circumstances during the pandemic and the times to follow, opening scenarios of prevention and cure that are more sustainable, safe, and efficient.


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