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Analytical and Quantitative Cytopathology and Histopathology ; 43(5):471-476, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1749837


OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission risk and the oral hygiene behaviors of patients using removable dentures. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 220 removable dental prosthesis users were included in the study. Among them, 110 users diagnosed with the coronavirus disease were included in the case group and 110 unaffected users were included in the control group. A survey regarding their hygiene, prosthesis removal, and handwashing attitudes was completed by the participants. Measurable variables are presented as mean +/- standard deviation (SD) and categorical variables as numbers and percentage (%). RESULTS: Individuals in the case group had a significantly lower rate of handwashing with soap and water before prosthesis removal. Additionally, no significant difference was found between the frequencies of den ture removal between the 2 groups. Furthermore, individuals who removed their prostheses more than 2 times a day had an increased rate of handwashing with soap and water. CONCLUSION: To prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, proper hand hygiene is important among individuals wearing removable dentures. Individual hand hygiene habits can affect transmission of the virus. Furthermore, dentists should educate their patients wearing removable dentures regarding proper hand hygiene and denture care to prevent further spread of the virus.