The novel corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic has become a real challenge for healthcare providers around the world and has significantly affected the medical professionals in practices especially in the field of medicine and dentistry.
This virus is found abundantly in nasopharyngeal and salivary secretions of the affected patient. It is also transmitted through respiratory particles and contact with the infected surface; that’s why dental jobs and dental professionals are more at risk. Therefore, the present study was an attempt to propose epidemiologcal symptoms and routes of COVID-19 transmission for dental care and patient screening.
Another aim of present article is to review the available literature on the relevant aspects of dentistry in relation to COVID-19 and to discuss potential impacts of COVID-19 outbreak on clinical, dental education and research.
Though, this new corona virus was detected in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019 and has since caused a worldwide pandemic. This virus is responsible for an acute respiratory syndrome (COVID‐19), distinguished by a potentially lethal interstitial bilateral pneumonia. Because Sars‐CoV‐2 is highly infective through airborne contamination, the high risk of infection in the dental environment is a serious problem for both professional practitioners as well as to patients.
This literature overview provides a detailed description of the clinical aspects of COVID‐19 and its transmission, while supplying valuable information regarding protective and preventive measures.
In conclusion, COVID-19 has many immediate and further long-term impacts on clinical practice, education and research in the field of dentistry.