Nurcan Buduneli1, Fusun Ozer2, Saynur Vardar-Sengul3, Zeynep Burcin Gonen4, Figen Cizmeci Senel5, Aylin Baysan6 and Sema S Hakki7*
1Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
2School of Dental Medicine, Division of Restorative, Dentistry, University of Pennsylvania, USA
3Department of Periodontology, Nova Southeastern University, USA
4Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Genome and Stem Cell Center, Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey
5Health Institutes of Turkey, Turkish Healthcare Quality and Accreditation Institute, Ankara, Turkey
6Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, UK
7Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey
*Corresponding Author: Sema S Hakki, Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey.
Received: October 15, 2020; Published: November 18, 2020
Objective: This review aims to critically evaluate the guidelines with respect to slow dentistry in clinical practice, education and well-being for staff and students in the post COVID-19 era.
Subject: According to the data released on 14 October, cases of COVID-19 have been spotted in 215 different countries, with 38,688,225 total cases, 1,095,492 deaths and 29,035,243 recoveries. Since presence of asymptomatic infected cases is an unfortunate reality with COVID-19 and creating aerosols is a common occurrence in dentistry, the risk of cross-infection is high for patients and healthcare providers during dental procedures.
Results: Clinicians have treated emergency cases only to prevent possible spread of the virus at the beginning of the pandemic and during the lockdowns in various countries. The Disease Control and Prevention Centers have announced strict infection control protocols. Aerosol creating procedures are conducted preferentially in separate clinics with additional control measures and with longer intervals between patients to ensure a slow and safe re-opening.
Conclusion: The critical training of dental teams including students regarding the infection control procedures is of utmost importance. The ‘slow movement’ is another solution to manage the post-COVID-19 to provide the optimum patient care and student learning experiences. In addition, well-being of dental teams and students are paramount during these unprecedented times.
Keywords: COVID-19; Dentistry; Aerosols; Prevention; Slow Dentistry
Citation: Sema S Hakki., et al. “Slow Dentistry in Post Coronavirus 19 Era: Clinical Practice, Education and Well-being". Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 4.12 (2020): 68-77.
Copyright: © 2020 Sema S Hakki., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.