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Dental Restrictions to Clinical Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Australian Perspective

Nguyen, Tan, Tonmukayakul, Utsana and Calache, Hanny 2021, Dental Restrictions to Clinical Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Australian Perspective, JDR Clinical and Translational Research, doi: 10.1177/23800844211000341.

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Title Dental Restrictions to Clinical Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Australian Perspective
Author(s) Nguyen, Tan
Tonmukayakul, UtsanaORCID iD for Tonmukayakul, Utsana orcid.org/0000-0002-6464-744X
Calache, HannyORCID iD for Calache, Hanny orcid.org/0000-0002-1613-0585
Journal name JDR Clinical and Translational Research
Article ID ARTN 23800844211000341
Total pages 4
Publisher SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Place of publication United States
Publication date 2021-01-01
ISSN 2380-0844
2380-0852
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine
dental care
health disparities
infection control
oral health
public health
risk assessment
Summary The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has disrupted essential oral healthcare in Australia. Sources for COVID-19 transmission via dental settings is considered to have high potential due to the production of aerosols and because transmission can occur through the airborne route. However, COVID-19 cases in dentistry is reportedly low. Delayed timely dental care, where severe oral diseases remain undetected, untreated, or asymptomatic such as advanced dental caries, periodontitis, and head and neck cancer, can have detrimental consequences for individuals at increased risk for oral diseases. The dental profession should remain vigilant and advocate for the continuation of essential oral healthcare even in times of uncertainty. Knowledge Transfer Statement: The reportedly low COVID-19 transmission occurring in dental settings highlight achievements made by the dental profession. There are valid reasons to reconsider risk-based essential oral healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1177/23800844211000341
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HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
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