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Int J Environ Health Res ; : 1-10, 2021 Oct 24.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2106932

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Brazil has become the epicenter of coronavirus disease, and the São Paulo State has the worst scenario. This study evaluated the effect of the COVID-19 in dentists of São Paulo State, Brazil. A self-administered web-based survey with 33 multiple-choice questions was sent to dentists. Descriptive statistics were used to assess the 302 valid responses. Data were analyzed by Chi-square, McNemar and Wilcoxon tests (α = 0.05). Most of the participants aged until 34 years (61.6%) and were female (74.5%). They reduced work to less than 20 h per week. Monthly remuneration was reduced (86.8%). Personal protective equipment at the office was changed (p < 0.05). A few dentists (7.6%) had COVID-19, and more than 99% were aware of the disease. Most of the participants (90.2%) were insecure about being contaminated. The dentists of São Paulo State had coronavirus knowledge and have adopted strict biosafety protocols, but the pandemic affected their financial and psychological features.

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Community Dent Oral Epidemiol ; 2022 Nov 03.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2097715

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OBJECTIVES: The COVID-19 pandemic has tremendously impacted the U.S. healthcare system, but no study has examined the impact of the pandemic on utilization of dental care among U.S. children. Changes in past-year dental versus medical visits and perceived unmet health needs between 2019 and 2020 among U.S. children aged 1-17 years were examined. METHODS: National and state representative, cross-sectional data from the National Survey of Children's Health conducted during June 2019-January 2020 (i.e. pre-pandemic, n = 28 500) and July 2020-January 2021 (i.e. intra-pandemic, n = 41 380) were analysed. Any past-year visit and perceived unmet needs (i.e. delay or inability to receive needed care) were reported by the parent proxy. Weighted prevalence estimates were compared using two-tailed chi-squared tests at p < .05. Poisson regression analyses were used to explore the relationship between having dental and/or medical unmet needs during the pandemic and indicators of poor health and social wellbeing. RESULTS: Between 2019 and 2020, a significantly reduced prevalence of past-year medical (87.2%-81.3%) and dental visits (82.6%-78.2%) among U.S. children aged 1-17 years (all p < .05) were observed. Correspondingly, perceived unmet needs increased by half for dental care (from 2.9% in 2019 to 4.4% in 2020) and almost one-third for medical care (from 3.2% to 4.2% in 2020). Subgroups with the highest prevalence of unmet dental need included those with low socio-economic status, living with their grandparents, uninsured and living with a smoker. CONCLUSIONS: Unmet health needs increased in general but increased more for dental than for medical care among U.S. children aged 1-17 years. Enhanced and sustained efforts will be needed to deliver targeted services towards disadvantaged segments of the population to narrow existing disparities.

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J Public Health Dent ; 2022 Oct 18.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2078597

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OBJECTIVES: Teledentistry helped dentistry adapt to pandemic-era challenges; little is known about dental professionals' teledentistry experiences during this time. This analysis sought to understand professionals' pandemic teledentistry experiences and expectations for the modality's future. METHODS: We conducted virtual individual interviews (n = 21) via Zoom to understand how federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) delivered oral care during the first year of the pandemic, including but not limited to the use of teledentistry. We independently coded each transcript, then identified themes and sub-themes. RESULTS: We identified three major themes: (1) Logistical and equity considerations shaped teledentistry's adoption; (2) Team-based factors influenced implementation; and (3) Teledentistry's future is as-yet undetermined. CONCLUSIONS: Experiences with teledentistry during the first year of COVID-19 varied substantially. Future directions should be more deliberate to counter the urgency of pandemic-style implementation and must address appropriate use, reimbursement guidance, patient and provider challenges, and customizability to each clinic's context.

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Journal of the Scientific Society ; 49(2):180-185, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-2072004

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Background: The novel severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 virus has undoubtedly disrupted the life of every individual and created a global health and economic crisis. Health-care systems, including dental clinics, were affected and patients with dental pain suffered since they were unable to seek dental care at the right time. It has since become relevant to examine and understand the outlook and views of patients toward seeking routine dental services and their acceptance of alternative methods of dental practice through the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, this cross-sectional questionnaire study was conducted to assess the knowledge, attitude, and opinion of patients visiting a dentist for routine dental services during the COVID-19 pandemic Methodology: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey was conducted among 200 patients who visited the dental college for their treatment. Their responses were recorded and descriptive analysis, Chi-square test, and multiple logistic regression analysis were carried out to evaluate their responses. Results: The participants were aware of the transmission of COVID-19 (91%), 64% believed it was safe to visit a dentist and 99.5% believed it necessary to take proper precautions before visiting the dentist. Participants (84%) preferred having dental consultations over phone/email/video calls compared to regular in-person consultations during the pandemic. Conclusion: Teledentistry has the potential to emerge as an effective mode of managing patients with dental needs to reduce the burden on dental clinics and hospitals. It can ensure the accessibility to dental care even in the remotest area by allowing patients to connect with dentists through appropriate digital and social media.

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Int J Environ Res Public Health ; 19(19)2022 Oct 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2066077

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected medical and dental care in Korea. This study aimed to investigate the factors influencing the intention to use dental care in industrial workers, an economically active population. An online questionnaire survey was completed by 301 industrial workers. Stress and anxiety to viral epidemics-6 (SAVE-6), attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavior control, and intention to use dental care, based on the theory of planned behavior (TPB), were measured. Predisposing, enabling, and need factors based on the Andersen model were measured as control variables for influencing factors. In the final hierarchical multiple regression analysis, the most significant relevant factors affecting intention to use dental care were attitude (ß = 0.598, p < 0.001), followed by experience of dental clinic visits (ß = 0.237, p < 0.001), subjective norm (ß = 0.125, p < 0.001), perceived behavior control (ß = 0.114, p = 0.004), SAVE-6 (ß = -0.073, p = 0.025), and gingival bleeding (ß = 0.062, p = 0.029). Dental care use decreased to 58.5%, and socio-psychological factors based on TPB were closely associated with the intention to use dental care. Therefore, awareness must be raised regarding oral health practices to increase the use of dental care among industrial workers.


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COVID-19 , Intention , Attitude , COVID-19/epidemiology , Dental Care , Humans , Pandemics , Psychological Theory , Surveys and Questionnaires
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Int J Environ Res Public Health ; 19(19)2022 Oct 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2066046

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2. The pandemic over the past two years has completely changed people's daily habits with an impact on oral hygiene, eating habits, and oral health. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The available literature was reviewed on the PubMed platform and from other sources MEDLINE and Cochrane Reviews. The analysis included comparative and clinical trials as well as pragmatic clinical/randomized controlled trials, and observational studies which focused on the effects of COVID-19 on the dietary habits of the population, oral hygiene, and caries incidence. RESULTS: The analysis shows that the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant negative impact on dietary habits and an ambiguous impact on oral health habits of the population. The researchers showed that patients' visits were limited only to those necessary, because of fear of infecting with the SARS-CoV-2. CONCLUSIONS: The literature review shows that the COVID-19 pandemic, by affecting many aspects of everyday life, including eating habits, caring for oral hygiene, and avoiding regular visits to the dentist, may generate an increase in oral diseases. Due to the differences in knowledge results, further research observations in this field are necessary.


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COVID-19 , Dental Caries , Adult , COVID-19/epidemiology , Dental Caries/epidemiology , Dental Caries Susceptibility , Feeding Behavior , Habits , Humans , Oral Hygiene , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2
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Japanese Journal of Clinical Dentistry for Children ; 25(10):18-28, 2020.
Article in Japanese | Ichushi | ID: covidwho-2058052
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Odovtos - International Journal of Dental Sciences ; 24(3):115-123, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-2056537

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Biosecurity protocols are particularly important in dental practice. The aim of this research was to determine the level of patient satisfaction regarding biosecurity protocols used in the School of Dentistry of the University of Costa Rica, to avoid COVID-19 infections during dental care. A survey was sent by email to all patients who received dental consultations at the School of Dentistry between April and September 2021. They were asked about sociodemographic variables (sex, age range, approved educational level, and place of origin), as well as whether they considered safe the protocols used during the dental consultation to avoid COVID-19 infections. Descriptive statistics were performed proving the absolute and relative frequency of the socio-demographic variables and the satisfaction of patients with the protocols used. A Chi-square test was used to determine if there was a difference in patient satisfaction with biosecurity protocols to avoid COVID-19 infections during dental care and sociodemographic variables. 95.9% of the respondents considered the biosafety protocols used to be safe and there was no statistically significant difference between patient satisfaction with the protocols and sociodemographic variables. A large majority of patients who come to the UCR School of Dentistry are satisfied with the biosecurity protocols used to avoid COVID-19 infections during dental care. © 2022, Universidad de Costa Rica. All rights reserved.

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Dental Update ; 49(8):615-615, 2022.
Article in English | CINAHL | ID: covidwho-2056430
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Dental Nursing ; 18(9):450-450, 2022.
Article in English | CINAHL | ID: covidwho-2030355

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The article presents a survey revealed the increase in the number of mothers in employment, along with mentions that how Covid-19 pandemic has led to more flexible working hours, with the additional opportunity to work from home.

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Braz. dent. sci ; 25(3): 1-10, 2022. tab
Article in English | WHO COVID, LILACS (Americas) | ID: covidwho-2024922

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Objective: Increased rate of dental caries among children necessitate regular pediatric dental treatments; however, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges for dental visits of children, compromising their oral health. To assess the attitude of parents towards oral health and dental treatment of their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Material and Methods: 232 eligible parents presenting to the Pediatric Dentistry Department of Qazvin Dental School during March and April 2021 seeking dental care for their children were requested to fill out a questionnaire included data regarding demographic information, child's dental history, attitude about the COVID-19 and risk of dental treatments. Data were analyzed using independent t-test, one-way ANOVA, and Pearson's correlation coefficient (alpha=0.05). Results: One-third of the parents reported that fear of contraction of COVID-19 was the reason for not seeking dental care during the pandemic. The majority of the parents stated no change in oral hygiene behavior or consumption of sugary foods during the pandemic. Cancellation of previous dental appointments (P=0.038) and unwillingness to seek dental care at present (P=0.015) were significantly correlated with the susceptibility score. The susceptibility score of the parents was also correlated with their psychological status (P=0.016). A significant correlation was noted between the susceptibility score and attitude as well (r=0.287, P<0.001). Conclusion: High level of concern regarding the COVID-19 prevents parents from seeking dental care for their children. It is imperative to take measures to reassure the parents regarding the safety of dental care for their children during the pandemic to ensure continuation of dental care. (AU)


Objetivo: O aumento da incidência de cárie dentária entre as crianças exige que tratamentos odontológicos pediátricos regulares sejam realizados; no entanto, a pandemia da COVID-19 trouxe desafios significativos para as consultas odontológicas de crianças, comprometendo a saúde bucal. O objetivo do estudo foi mensurar a atitude dos pais em relação a saúde bucal e o tratamento odontológico de seus filhos durante a pandemia da COVID-19. Material e Métodos: 232 pais elegíveis que se apresentaram ao Departamento de Odontopediatria da Faculdade de Odontologia de Qazvin durante março e abril de 2021 em busca de atendimento odontológico para seus filhos foram solicitados a preencher um questionário, incluindo dados sobre informações demográficas, histórico odontológico da criança, atitude sobre a COVID-19 e risco de tratamentos odontológicos no contexto da COVID-19. Os dados foram analisados usando o teste t independente, ANOVA um fator e coeficiente de correlação de Pearson (alfa = 0,05). Resultados: Um terço dos pais relatou que o medo de contrair COVID-19 foi o motivo para não procurar atendimento odontológico durante a pandemia. A maioria dos pais afirmou não haver mudança no comportamento de higiene bucal ou consumo de alimentos açucarados durante a pandemia. Cancelamento de consultas odontológicas anteriores (P=0,038) e falta de vontade de procurar atendimento odontológico no momento (P=0,015) foram significativamente correlacionados com o escore de suscetibilidade. O escore de suscetibilidade dos pais também foi correlacionado com seu estado psicológico (P=0,016). Também foi observada correlação significativa entre o escore de suscetibilidade e a atitude (r=0,287, P<0,001). Conclusão: O alto nível de preocupação em relação a COVID-19 impede que os pais procurem atendimento odontológico para seus filhos. É imperativo tomar medidas para tranquilizar os pais quanto à segurança do atendimento odontológico de seus filhos durante a pandemia para garantir a continuidade do atendimento odontológico. (AU)


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Humans , Attitude , Child , Oral Health , Dental Care , COVID-19
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Health Soc Care Community ; 30(5): e2255-e2263, 2022 Sep.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2001638

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Patients who miss scheduled appointments reduce clinical productivity and delay access to care for other patients. Reminders have improved attendance for healthcare appointments previously, but it is not known if short message service (SMS) implementation reduces incidence of patients unable to attend (UTA) or who fail to attend (FTA) appointments in the public dental service. This paper studied the effectiveness of SMS reminders in increasing appointment attendance at outpatient public dental services in Queensland. Data were sourced from the adult service and the children and adolescent oral health service (CAOHS) at West Moreton Hospital and Health Service, a public dental service in Queensland. A total of 63,238 appointments pre-implementation of SMS reminders and 55,028 appointments post-implementation over a period of 2 years were analysed for rates of attendance, UTA and FTA. Characteristics of UTA and FTA appointments were analysed to identify factors that hindered improvement after implementation of reminders. For the CAOHS, the attendance rate decreased 4% (95% CI: 2%, 6%) following SMS implementation. The UTA rate also increased by 20% (95% CI: 15%, 25%). Following SMS implementation in the adult service, the attendance rate increased from 73.5 (95% CI: 72.6, 74.4) to 77.7 (95% CI: 76.6-78.8) per 100 appointments. The FTA rate post-implementation was 1.08 (95% CI: 1.00, 1.16) times that from pre-intervention, and the UTA rate decreased from 21.7 (95% CI: 21.2, 22.2) to 17.1 (95% CI: 16.6, 17.7) per 100 appointments. The SMS reminders had a mixed effect on the attendance, UTA and FTA rates for the CAOHS and adult services. Reminders reduced the rates of UTA for the CAOHS service and increased the rate of attendance for the adult service. There was an increase in the FTA rate for both services.


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Outpatients , Reminder Systems , Adolescent , Adult , Appointments and Schedules , Child , Dental Care , Humans , Patient Compliance , Retrospective Studies
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Heliyon ; 8(10): e10369, 2022 Oct.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1996193

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Objective: To assess oral healthcare-seeking behaviors during the COVID-19 lockdown period in eastern Saudi Arabia. Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was conducted from October 2020 to December 2020 at Dental Clinic Complex, College of Dentistry, King Faisal University Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. Three hundred and sixty patients who visited the Dental Clinic Complex after relaxation of lockdown and consented to participate were included in this study. Participants were instructed to complete a questionnaire on oral health and dental care during the lockdown period, consisting of five sections. Results: Out of 360 participants, 168 reported requiring dental help during the lockdown period; however, only 27 participants contacted a dentist to emergency advice on phone, and 102 participants visited a dentist. â€‹Most participants used â€‹toothpaste for sensitive teeth, followed by over-the-counter pain killers, and â€‹clove oil. In this regard, 72.8% of females used toothpaste for sensitive teeth. A considerable number of participants needed filling, followed by root canal treatment, â€‹denture repair, and dental extraction. Most participants were treated with pain killers, followed by antibiotics, and referral to a hospital. More than 80% of them expressed that regular visits to the dentist are beneficial. Conclusion: A substantial proportion of participants sought oral health care during the lockdown period, mainly for restorative treatment. This was mostly achieved by visiting a dentist, or via telephone consultation to a lesser extent. Analgesics were the most common prescriptions, followed by antibiotics. Dental patients should be encouraged to regularly visit dentists to mitigate the drawbacks that lockdowns may cause in the provision of oral healthcare services.

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Journal of Research in Medical and Dental Science ; 10(5):163-170, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1976233

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Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the Knowledge, attitude and perception of dentists towards special care dentistry. The objective was to evaluate the awareness of special care dentistry and its needs among dentists who were based in Chennai and also to determine the association between age range and willingness to participate in future special care training. Method: The study was designed as an online closed ended questionnaire based study and the dentists (n=101) were contacted via email. The data collected was computerized and analysed statistically using IBM SPSS software. Results: The frequency of the obtained data was depicted for understanding the knowledge, attitude and perception of dentists towards Special Care Dentistry (SCD). Chi-Square test was used for statistical analyses to determine the association between age range (20-30, 31-40, 41-50, and 51-60) and willingness to participate in future special care training courses. The result was statistically significant with chi-square value of 12.234 at p-value 0.007 (p<0.05). The association between age range and category of patients difficult to treat was not statistically significant at p-value 0.98. The association between gender and category of patients difficult to treat was not statistically significant at p-value 0.548. The association between dentist qualification and referral to special care specialists was not statistically significant at p-value 0.318. Conclusion: This study highlights the shortcomings in our dental curriculum as not all dentists had been mandatorily trained in delivering oral health care for special care patients.

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Salud UNINORTE ; 37(3): 715-739, sep.-dic. 2021. tab, graf
Article in Spanish | WHO COVID, LILACS (Americas) | ID: covidwho-1975430

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RESUMEN En diciembre de 2019 se identificó por primera vez en Wuhan China el SARS-CoV-2, un nuevo tipo de coronavirus de la familia Coronaviridae del género β-CoV. El 11 de marzo del 2020 la OMS lo declara pandemia y hasta el 19 de diciembre de 2021 han sido afectados 192 países con 235 547 850 casos confirmados y 4 811 951 personas fallecidas. El SARS-CoV-2 afecta a los humanos, sin distinción de género, raza o edad, pero las personas con comorbilidades como hipertensión arterial, enfermedades cardiovasculares o diabetes Mellitus tienen peor pronóstico. Entre las rutas de transmisión de persona a persona se describen el contacto directo con mucosas y por inhalación de aerosoles o saliva. Por lo cual solo con guantes, mascarilla quirúrgica y visor como protección, los profesionales con más alto riesgo de contagio son los odontólogos, al estar en contacto directo con el paciente, con instrumental, materiales contaminados de fluidos del paciente y con los aerosoles que se generan en algunos de los procedimientos que realizan. Se realizó una búsqueda bibliográfica en PubMed, JOMOS, NIH y CDC, analizando los datos encontrados para proponer los cambios más adaptables a nuestro entorno. El objetivo de este trabajo de revisión de información reciente y relevante acerca de la atención odontológica en tiempos de SARS-CoV-2, es proponer cambios estructurales en la atención, para garantizar la bioseguridad de pacientes, personal odontológico y talento humano presente en la consulta odontológica. Teniendo en cuenta la situación ocasionada por la pandemia de SARS-CoV-2, es recomendable adaptar e implementar medidas en la atención, pertinentes al comportamiento de este virus.


ABSTRACT In December 2019, SARS-CoV-2, a new type of coronavirus of the Coronaviridae family of the β-CoV genes, was identified for the first time in Wuhan, China. On March 11th 2020, WHO declared it a pandemic, and by December 19th 2021, 192 countries have been affected, with 235 547 850 confirmed cases and 4.811.951 deaths. SARS-CoV-2 affects humans, regardless of gender, race or age, but people with comorbidities, such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease or diabetes Mellitus have a worse prognosis. Among the routes of transmission from person to person we find direct contact with mucous membranes, and by inhalation of aerosols or saliva. Therefore, by just using surgical masks, gloves, and protective screens, some of the professionals with the highest risk of contagion are dentists, since in addition to being in direct contact with the patient, most of the time, they are also in direct contact with the materials contaminated with the patient's fluids and aerosols, that are generated in some of the procedures. A bibliographic search was carried out in PubMed, JOMOS, NIH and CDC, to analyze the data found, in order to propose the most adaptable changes to our environment. The objective of this work is to review the most recent and relevant information about the care in dental clinics in times of SARS-CoV-2, and to propose some structural changes in dental care to guarantee the biosecurity of patients, dental staff, and human talent present at the dental clinic. Taking into consideration the health situation in the world caused by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, it is advisable to adapt and implement the correct biosafety measures in the dental care according to this virus.

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Int J Environ Res Public Health ; 19(15)2022 07 29.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1969231

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BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way dentistry has been practiced the world over. This study sought to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the patterns of attendance for dental treatment in a large hospital in Kuwait through comparisons with data from the year prior to the pandemic. METHODS: A total of 176,690 appointment records from 34,250 patients presenting to the AlJahra specialist hospital in Kuwait for dental treatment from April 2019 to March 2021 were analyzed. The types of procedures and the departments in which they presented were analyzed, and the patterns of attendance before and during the pandemic were compared. RESULTS: While there was a significant reduction in the number of orthodontic, endodontic, and periodontal procedures, there were no impacts on oral surgery, restorative procedures, or pediatric dentistry. CONCLUSIONS: There has been a return in the number of patients obtaining dental treatment; however, there has been a definite shift in the use of certain dental procedures.


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COVID-19 , COVID-19/epidemiology , Child , Dental Care , Hospitals , Humans , Kuwait/epidemiology , Pandemics , Retrospective Studies
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Webology ; 19(2):3456-3467, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1958077

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The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the current medical care frameworks round the globe. As it spreads by drop, fomite and contact transmission, up close and personal communication of medical services proficient with the patient conveys a grave danger of its transmission. As dental treatment constantly includes close review, assessment, indicative and restorative mediations of the naso-oro-pharyngeal arena, dental experts are generally among defenseless warriors to get tainted with Covid. Therefore, during the current pandemic, most dental practice being restricted to exception of emergency procedures. Nonetheless, taking a gander at the current expanding pattern of COVID-19 cases, it doesn't create the impression that this pandemic will end at any point in the near future. Truth be told, even the WHO has as oflate expected that this infection may turn out to be simply one more endemic infection in our networks and may never disappear. In the event that these hypotheses are valid and COVID-19 undoubtedly becomes endemic, dental practice should rearrange and enhance to proceed with dental consideration with negligible danger of cross-disease. We live in the age of instant technology. You have a computer in your pocket, a fitness tracker on your wrist, and a smart speaker in your living room that can order you a chocolate bar simply by asking. There are severalcategories of medicine that are now migrating online to help individuals who are nervous about going to the doctor or simply lack mobility to do so. Teledentistry can give a creative answer for future to dental field during the current pandemic, just as past.

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J Pharm Bioallied Sci ; 14(Suppl 1): S933-S937, 2022 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1954395

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Introduction: The fears, anxiety, and worries created among general population by COVID-19 are severe. The procedures which generate aerosols transmit most of COVID-19 transmission and we know one such procedure is dental treatment. After the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a change in health-care services; hence, this droplet transmission in dentistry became an issue which needs to be addressed. Methodology: A descriptive, online questionnaire survey was conducted among adults above 20 years. The questionnaire consisted of demographic details and questions related to anxiety and fear of considering dental treatment during this pandemic situation. Results: 680 people responded for the study, among which 32% had COVID symptoms. 27% of them said that they are afraid of dental treatment during the pandemic whereas 47% said that they will accept if there is an emergency. The main reason for this fear was droplet infection in dental clinics. Conclusion: The fear of dental treatment during pandemic is moderate. This may be due to the self-care, positive behavior toward oral care by the people, and fear of cross-contamination due to airborne infections though the personal protective measures were followed.

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Healthcare (Basel) ; 10(5)2022 May 19.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1934014

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Health workers have been particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is unclear which healthcare professions are more exposed. We search for information that can help identify health workers who are employed in exposure-prone professions and who, therefore, routinely wear and adopt strict infection control equipment and measures from other colleagues. Our purpose is to test the hypothesis that health professionals historically considered less exposure-prone are affected more severely by COVID-19. Taking dentists as an example of exposure-prone healthcare professionals, this study aims to analyze data on COVID-19-related deaths reported by the Italian board of doctors and dentists' database to evaluate the number of COVID-19-related deaths of doctors and dentists in Italy from the beginning of the pandemic to 31 December 2022. As of 31 December 2021, out of 364 deaths, 38 were dentists, and of the remaining 326 doctors, 140 were general practitioners (GPs). The percentage of deaths among dentists, total doctors and GPs results in 0.06%, 0.09% and 0.33%, respectively, for the whole sample. Excluding subjects over 70 years of age, the corresponding values are 0.05%, 0.06% and 0.25%. Most of the deaths occurred in Lombardia, and the geographical distribution overlaps the trend of the corresponding general Italian population. Considering the outcome of "death", dentists, despite being at high risk, are not particularly affected by COVID-19.

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19th International Conference on Humanizing Work and Work Environment, HWWE 2021 ; 391:1189-1199, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1919572

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We are living in a world today where stopping or halting can cause tremendous loss to our society. We have learned this lesson in the pandemic of COVID-19 the hard way. But a pandemic is not only the reason that can cause a halt. Toothache pain is described as intense, throbbing, miserable, or unbearable as it can affect a person’s ability to perform normal activities such as job, social activities, housework, talking, sleeping, and eating, all of these factors can result in mental health problems and halting their everyday life. In this particular design intervention, a device and a mobile application have been conceptualized as a solution, which will help common people to detect potential dental caries and will be able to take precautions. The device is a toothbrush specially designed and conceptualised that can detect tooth enamel decay. This data will be analysed in the mobile application to inform the user about their dental health. © 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

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