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Changes in Dental Practice After COVID-19

Laura Mendoza Oropeza

Department of Orthodontics, UNAM, Mexico

Dr. Laura Mendoza Oropeza, Department of Orthodontics, UNAM, Mexico.

Keywords: Dentistry; Coronavirus; Microdroplets

Abstract

In recent months, we have experienced a situation of social isolation around the world due to a virus in the coronavirus family, SARA-CoV-2 the virus that causes COVID-19 [1,2] that originated in Wuham, China.
How has this virus affected us? In the dental area, First, the patient’s fear of being infected in the office, either by the approach of other patients or by the staff who work there, in addition to dental instruments that produce microdroplets that may be contaminated with the combination saliva from patients. The professional also fears that the patients he treats do not know that they are carriers of the virus and may infect staff. When the N1H1 influenza virus emerged, protective measures were reinforced, such as the physical and biological protection barriers that were already implemented in dental care and with the frequent sanitation 
of the place by means of chemicals such as disinfectants (sodium hypochlorite) to clean the office surfaces between patient and patient.

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