Guidelines on preventing and controlling infection for dental settings during the COVID-19 response

In this current pandemic, there are possibilities of patients coming for treatment to the dental settings healthcare personnel (DHCP). DHCP should frequently be in contact with their state dental boards or other regulating agencies for requirements specific to their jurisdictions, as the situation is changing rapidly. Here are some guidelines to be followed

COVID-19, the new virus taking the world by a storm is said to spread through droplets and is said to survive in aerosols for hours and on surfaces for days. As we all know, dentistry is a practice involves the use of surgical instruments, handpieces, and air-water syringes. These instruments are known to create a visible spray, that can travel and settle quickly on surfaces even the DHCP. Though surgical masks provide mucous protection, they do not provide complete protection against inhalation.

Recommendations for protection.

Services should be limited to only emergency visits, and other elective surgeries and nonurgent visits should be postponed to the clinic, helping the professionals and patients to stay safe. All DHCP on duty should be screened for fever or any symptoms for COVID-19 at the beginning of the shift. Appropriate protection equipment should be provided to all the clinic professionals. Equipements include eye protection, gloves, gowns, and surgical masks being important worn before entering a room for procedures.

Strict hand hygiene and frequent disinfecting of rooms and equipment should be followed. All cases must be tried to be assessed and should be provided with a temporary dental solution through telephone to avoid visits to the clinic. In cases of emergency, the patient must be checked for any symptoms or for temperature before entering.

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