You can count on your patient"s requests for emergency procedures, during this crisis. - Beyond that, will they feel comfortable scheduling for regular treatment?
Our "new-normal" will demand that dental offices provide full representation for patient safety, during treatment.
Dentistry has been devastated. - Dentists have been dealing with aerosol communicable diseases for years and are considered to be at the forefront of dealing with viruses. - COVID-19 has demanded a higher level of proficiency.
The human mouth can harbor over 700 strains of bacteria, including infectious strains, that can linger in the air for over 30 minutes. When inhaled, these dental aerosols can cause respiratory hazards or transmit bidirectional disease:
Knowing the potential risks involved, prevention is mandatory. -The formation of airborne pathogens and splash, during treatment, is alarming with respect to the danger of infection to dental professionals and their patients.
Refer to the summary to learn more regarding: the association between periodontal disease and systemic conditions such as: cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and osteoporosis.
The use of high-speed equipment such as ultrasonic scalers and drills in the presence of bodily fluids such as saliva, blood and plaque have been shown to produce airborne pathogenic microorganisms. - This is a major concern for infection control within dental surgery.
Periodontal pathogens and oral bacteria have been linked to contributing to illnesses beyond dental caries, including respiratory diseases. Additional risks may include: sinusitis, the common cold, pharyngitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, SARS, influenza, swine flu and human coronavirus.
Influenza & coronaviruses are of particular concern to the dental industry. These viruses are spread through aerosols, droplets or direct contact with respiratory fluids of an infected individual. These particles produced by the virus can withstand survival in the air for hours.
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Airborne transmission is a major source of nosocomial infections since microbes can remain suspended in the air for extended periods of time. According to major research articles, over 35% of nosocomial infections can be transmitted through the air.
To manage these transmissions in critical areas (or where source contamination is present), facility personnel use SAM’s mobile air disinfection units to remove airborne contaminants, hospital pathogens, airborne spores and odors of all types.
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Michelle Strange - RDH BHS - Dentistry's Aerosols: Giving the dangerous bugs the attention they deserve