The dental office: A safe place against COVID19 and other future pandemics
Salvador Reyes Fernández
XENIA TERESA COBOS CRUZ
DANIEL SANDOVAL GUEVARA
ALICIA GARCIA VERONICA
NATALIA HERNANDEZ TREVIÑO
VICTOR OTHON SERNA RADILLA
NORMA SAMANTA ROMERO CASTRO
Summary or description
In the month of December 2019, in the Chinese city of Wuham, Hubei province, a group of people were reported with a type of pneu monia . These people used to buy or work in a market in that city where meat from wild animals, including bats, is sold. The initial diagnosis was atypical pneumonia of possible viral origin, and later, derived from studies carried out on sputum obtained from bronchial washings, it was possible to isolate a type of coronavirus . In January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized this situation as a global public health emergency due to an emerging disease called COVID19 caused by a coronavirus (SarsCov2) , and in March that same year it was recognized as a true pandemic .
Background: The pandemic caused by the spread of COVID19 generated throughout the world great changes in all
areas of life. Social distancing was carried out very drastically in some countries, and even in the field of dental
care, some countries prohibited the practice of dentistry.
Objective: To demonstrate that the dental office is safe regarding the possibility of contagion of Sars-Cov-2 as long
as good biosecurity protocols are used.
Methods: A structured survey of 19 questions was applied to 103 patients who subsequently attended a peri odontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery office in Mexico, to receive care from these specialties between April
2020 and July 2021. The questions posed in this survey were aimed at knowing the opinion of the patients
regarding the measures that this establishment has for the prevention of the transmission of COVID19, as well as
questions regarding the possible effects of attending this office in contagion of the disease from patients and their
Results: A total of 18 (17.5%) patients reported having suffered COVID19, and none reported that they fell ill
after the consultation. None of the clinic¿s specialists and assistants have fallen ill with COVID-19 during the
Conclusions: It is not necessary to suspend or condition dental care during times of pandemics such as what
happened with COVID19, as long as strict safety protocols are observed within clinical facilities.
Repositorio Institucional de Ciencia Abierta de la Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero