Understanding the Basics of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS- CoV-2) Infection from a Dentist’s Perspective: A Review
Keywords:COVID-19, dentistry, saliva, oral manifestations, prevention, pandemic, SARS CoV2, aerosol.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is still on rise and is affecting the most of the world population.
It is causing a widespread public health concerns, thus making it necessary to take proper infection control
measure. The transmission risk of COVID -19 infections is higher amongst the healthcare professionals
including dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants. Dental professionals are at high risk due to face to
face communication and getting exposed to saliva , blood and other body fluids and can be potential carrier
of COVID-19 .Undoubtedly COVID-19 has affected the dentistry like never before and directing dentistry
in a whole new direction. Though the dental professionals are at high risk, their role is vital for the screening
and also in controlling the spread of infection through their clinical set up. The dental professionals need to
have a basic understanding of the corona virus and also on COVID 19 infection. The importance of saliva
in both the transmission and in diagnostic perspective need to be elaborated to the dental professionals. Also
the dental professionals may be involved in studying the disease specific oral manifestations of this newly
emerged disease. This article is designed in order to provide information regarding COVID-19, possible
methods of diagnosing COVID-19 through oral manifestations and also specific recommendations for dental