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Helli S, Shafiee E, Mogharrab Alile K. Role of Droplets and Aerosols in Transmission of COVID-19 in Dental Practice: A Literature Review. J Res Dent Maxillofac Sci 2022; 7 (3) :175-180
URL: http://jrdms.dentaliau.ac.ir/article-1-340-en.html
1- Department of Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Tabriz Medical Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran
2- Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Tabriz Medical Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran
3- Faculty of Dentistry, Tabriz Medical Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran , Katayoun.m.98@gmail.com
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Background and Aim: This study sought to review the role of aerosols and droplets in transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in dental practice .  
Materials and Methods: Published papers concerning the transmission routes of COVID-19 in dental environment were retrieved from the search engines, websites of related health organizations, and electronic databases. Out of primarily retrieved 120 articles, 40 articles met the inclusion criteria.
Results: Many Studies reported that the main transmission routes of COVID-19 were direct contact, droplets and aerosols. Because of the adjacency to the patient's oral cavity and use of aerosol-generating headpieces, dental practitioners are at high risk of COVID-19. Adherence to clinical protocols and guidelines in the working environment was highly emphasized in all studies to minimize the risk of infection and prevent cross-contamination in dental office setting.
Conclusion: Dental healthcare providers should be well aware of the most recent guidelines and protocols to prevent COVID-19 transmission and constantly update their knowledge in this regard.
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Type of Study: Review article | Subject: Oral medicine

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