Article: Volume 47 Number 7 Page 560 - July/August 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 560-564

MASKS AND RESPIRATORS IN DENTISTRY:  Surgical Masks and Filtering Facepiece (FFP) Respirators – a Guide

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Abstract: As the dental profession return to practice following the recent lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be essential to comply with Government guidelines and help prevent further spread of the coronavirus. At the time of writing, it is understood that a person may carry COVID-19 and be asymptomatic for a period of time, therefore proper protection for both the patient and the dental professional is critical if dental practices are to continue practising safely.

Clinical relevance: A good understanding of PPE will be essential when dental staff return to work. The way we do dentistry will be different for some time, requiring changes to our equipment, materials and procedures.

Author notes: John Rafelt, CChem MRSC, Scientific Affairs Manager, 3M Oral Care UK and Ireland.

Objective: To provide an understanding of the differences between masks and respirators.

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