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Article: Volume 13 Number 3 Page 117 - July 2020

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  Orth Update 2020; 13: 117-124

Orthodontics:  A Review of COVID-19 and the Implications for Orthodontic Provision in England

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Abstract: COVID-19 is an unprecedented virus that is destroying the lives of many people worldwide. Dentistry as a profession falls into a high-risk group due to our close proximity to patients and the aerosols generated in routine dental procedures. The UK dental community has frantically searched for answers to questions about the new virus and guidance on provision of dental care. This article will review the most up-to-date recommendations for infection control procedures and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in England. PubMed, Embase and Google Scholar databases were searched up until 9 June. This is a review of the current information, guidelines and recommendations about the COVID-19 virus and use of PPE for dentists and orthodontists. As of 9 June, the dental profession has received mixed guidance on how best to manage our patients whilst national lockdown is eased and we enter a recovery phase, but uncertainty remains for the long-term provision of Orthodontics.

Clinical relevance: This article gives an overview of guidance and recommendations for dentists and orthodontists in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially with regards to infection control and use of PPE.

Author notes: Sally Zahran, BDS, MSc, MOrth RCS(Ed), Senior Registrar in Orthodontics and Natasha Wright, BDS, MFDS RCS, MSc, MOrth RCS(Eng), FDS RCS(Eng), Consultant Orthodontist, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

Objective: To provide an overview of the COVID-19 virus and modes of transmission, an overview of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) currently available in the UK and summarize the current guidance and recommendations for dentists and orthodontists following a review of the current literature.