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Kumar G, Yepes JF, Rehman F, Grewal M. Guidelines and Standard Operating Protocol for Pediatric Dental Practice during COVID-19: A Systematic Review. J South Asian Assoc Pediatr Dent 2021; 4 (3):219-224.
Objective: To scrutinize and consolidate treatment protocols and infection control measures to be practiced in pediatric dentistry during COVID-19 pandemic.
Study design: A systematic search pertaining to pediatric dental practice during COVID-19 was conducted using various electronic databases from 1st March to 31st July, 2020. The search resulted in a total of 145 records, out of which only 12 studies met our inclusion and exclusion criteria which were included in the present review.
Results: Data analysis was compiled under the following categories: Triage, waiting area and operatory changes, dentist's safety, procedures to be undertaken during COVID-19, specific guidelines for trauma and children with special healthcare needs (SHCN) and infection control. Teledentistry, personal protective equipment (PPE), minimally invasive dentistry and non-aerosol-generating procedures are highly recommended. Urgent care should be provided to patients with dental trauma and SHCN. Surface disinfection and hand hygiene are considered important.
Conclusion: Transmission risk among children should not be overlooked and all the standard measures of prevention must be ensured in the pediatric practice.
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