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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Dentistry and Dental Education: A Narrative Review

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Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Dental Medicine, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 700115 Iasi, Romania
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Faculty of Dental Medicine, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 16 Universitatii St., 700115 Iasi, Romania
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Department of Dental Technology, Faculty of Dental Medicine, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 700115 Iasi, Romania
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Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dental Medicine, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 700115 Iasi, Romania
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Academic Editors: Giuseppe Alessandro Scardina and Jimmy Efird
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(5), 2537; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052537
Received: 10 December 2021 / Revised: 28 January 2022 / Accepted: 30 January 2022 / Published: 22 February 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 in Dentistry and Dental Education)
Dentists and dental staff have an increased risk of airborne infection with pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 since they are exposed to high levels of droplets and aerosols produced during specific dental procedures. Hence, new guidelines such as patient screening and temperature control, air purification, space, surface and hand sanitizing and the use of protective equipment and physical barriers have been successfully implemented. In addition, the use of teledentistry has expanded considerably in pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral medicine and periodontics in order to address oral and dental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic while minimizing virus transmission. Thus, teleconsultation, telediagnosis, teletriage, teletreatment and telemonitoring have emerged as valuable tools not only in the delivery of care, but also in the academic and research training of dental health professionals. This narrative review summarizes the current literature on the impact of the pandemic on dental care, dental staff and dental education, with an emphasis on how newly emerging protocols and technologies can be successfully utilized as integral parts of various branches of the dental practice and their future implications without compromising patient care. View Full-Text
Keywords: SARS-CoV-2 infection; dental healthcare; dental training; teledentistry; pandemic; dental aerosols SARS-CoV-2 infection; dental healthcare; dental training; teledentistry; pandemic; dental aerosols
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Goriuc, A.; Sandu, D.; Tatarciuc, M.; Luchian, I. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Dentistry and Dental Education: A Narrative Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 2537. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052537

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