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Implications for Dental Care

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In recent years a large proportion of emerging infections have been viral infections of the respiratory tract, spread through droplets and aerosols. Dental practice, involving both close contact with the airway and the generation of aerosol sprays, presents a high-risk environment to catch or pass on these infections. However, this risk can be reduced by the use of masks and gloves, pre-procedure rinses, rubber dams, and high-volume suction.

For urgent treatment of those who may have the disease or may have been in recent contact with cases, seek advice from health protection colleagues before providing care and use full protective equipment.

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