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REVIEW ARTICLE

Precautionary, Preventive Measures and Alternatives in Pediatric Dental Practice during and Post-COVID-19

Nandlal Bhojraj, Raghavendra Shanbhog, Anoop N Kochouseph, Ragavee Veeramani, Amira Imtiaz

Citation Information : Bhojraj N, Shanbhog R, Kochouseph AN, Veeramani R, Imtiaz A. Precautionary, Preventive Measures and Alternatives in Pediatric Dental Practice during and Post-COVID-19. World J Dent 2020; 11 (4):338-344.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10015-1751

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 07-10-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Abstract

Aim: To review on the current preventive and nonaerosol-generating practices available for a pediatric dentist. Background: Life of a dentist revolves around air turbine drills and ultrasonic devices. COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets and through contact routes. Dental instruments generate high amounts of aerosols with contaminated saliva and blood, which would be hazardous to the dentist and the other healthcare workers and which can have serious implications on cross-infection and disease transmission. Air turbine drills help in improved efficiency and reduced chairside time. Until it is safe to go back to full-fledged air turbine tooth preparation, there are some alternative options that can be used to treat patients, which could avoid the use of such aerosol generation. Review results: The treatment modalities include instruments and devices that do not make use of air turbine drills and hence can be called nonaerosol-generating procedures. Some of the procedures include hand scaling, atraumatic restoration treatment, silver diamine fluoride application, extraction, and others. Conclusion: The abovementioned procedures are minimally invasive and can be considered as a best suitable option in this current situation when treatment is required. Clinical significance: This review suggests the treatment modalities to be done considering the COVID-19 pandemic that involves cross-contamination in pediatric dentistry.


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