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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 164-171

COVID-19 pandemic and safe dental practice: Need of the hour


1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Noorul Islam College of Dental Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
2 Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Noorul Islam College of Dental Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
3 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College and Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, D A P M R V Dental College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Darshan R Prasad Hiremutt
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College and Hospital, Katraj - Dhankawadi, Pune - 411 043, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jiaomr.jiaomr_80_20

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The COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the globe and is the greatest challenge faced by world nations today. The first outbreak of this disease occurred in a seafood market of Wuhan City, China. The community pattern of spread was alarming and has gripped the entire international society. The dentists and other health care professionals should take stringent measures to prevent the spread of infection while providing care. In this article, we discuss the etiology, clinical manifestations, route of transmission, general and specific infection control protocols to protect the dental health care professionals as well as patients from COVID 19 disease while providing emergency dental care.


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