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Article: Volume 47 Number 4 Page 287 - April 2020

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General Practice:  COVID-19 Considerations in Dental Care

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Abstract: COVID-19 is a disease that is causing uncertainty with the provision of dental services. The situation is rapidly changing and dentists remain unsure on how to change practices accordingly. Formal guidance remains sparse at the time of writing, so this paper presents matters within the practice of dentistry to be considered, as we adapt to the rapidly-changing need.

Clinical relevance: Dentists are unsure what to do and where to look for guidance during this worrying pandemic situation. A structured presentation of matters arising within the practice of dentistry is required for consideration in order to maximize the safety of patients and members of the dental team.

Author notes: Samy Darwish, BSc, BDS, MFD RCS, DipDSed, MSc, MClinDent, MRD RCS, LLM, FDS RCS, Specialist in Oral Surgery and Periodontology, Oral Surgery Ltd, London, UK.

Objective: To consider aspects of delivery of dental services that may need adjusting in response to the current global pandemic situation.