Special Issue "The Impact of COVID-19 on Dentistry and Oral Health: A Global Perspective"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Oral Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Andrés Alonso Agudelo-Suárez
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Faculty of Dentistry, University of Antioquia, Calle 70 # 52-21, Medellín, Colombia
Interests: social inequalities in oral health; qualitative research in dentistry; systematic reviews; public health dentistry; social epidemiology; migration and oral health; oral epidemiology; life course approaches in oral health
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Dear Colleagues,

The world scientific panorama has changed substantially due to the COVID-19 pandemic that is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Especially in dentistry, dental staff is at high risk of COVID-19 contagion because of the closed face-to-face contact with patients and the constant exposure to fluids. This is the reason several recommendations and dental care protocols have been established to increase biosecurity among oral health services (public and private). In addition, social isolation measures have been implemented (although with differences in restrictions and regarding the application times of these measures). These situations have caused various restrictions in oral health care. In this context, the social, labor, and health conditions of dental health workers have changed dramatically. Similarly, the oral epidemiologic profile may be affected in different population groups, and a possible increase in oral health inequities is found.

In this Special Issue, we invite researchers around the world to submit different methodological and conceptual approaches that permit an increase in the scientific body on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in dental staff and the oral health epidemiological conditions of different social groups. Systematic/narrative reviews, epidemiological characterizations, quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Gianrico Spagnuolo

Dr. Andrés Alonso Agudelo-Suárez
Guest Editors

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  • COVID-19
  • dentistry
  • oral health
  • dental caries
  • periodontal disease
  • SARS-CoV-2 infection
  • coronavirus
  • qualitative research
  • dental research
  • mixed methods

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Assessing SARS-CoV-2 Infection Rate among Romanian Dental Practitioners
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4897; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094897 - 04 May 2021
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Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on dental treatments, the present research aimed to assess the infection rate among dental practitioners from Romania and to analyze the economic impact of Covid-19 on dental offices. We designed a web-based survey distributed to [...] Read more.
Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on dental treatments, the present research aimed to assess the infection rate among dental practitioners from Romania and to analyze the economic impact of Covid-19 on dental offices. We designed a web-based survey distributed to dental practitioners from Romania. The survey included questions that assessed demographic data from the dentists who completed the questionnaire, along with economic aspects and epidemiological aspects related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on dental practitioners. Five hundred and seven dentists completed the survey. Three-quarters of the assessed dental offices reported a decrease in the income and patient volume compared to 2019. More than half of the patients visiting the dental office paid more attention to the risk of infection and to prevention methods. Most dental offices implemented specific protective equipment for doctors. Three thousand seven hundred thirty-five dental practitioners were working in the 507 assessed dental offices, and among them, 238 COVID-19 cases of contamination were recorded. High contamination rates were registered in October (48, 20.1%), November (66, 27.7%), and December 2020 (52, 21.85%). Contamination mostly took place at home (114 cases, 47.8%) or resulted from event attendance. This study underlines an overall greater level of safety and an increased patient addressability in dental offices. Full article
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