Help Prevent Covid-19 Aerosol Spread

Using a slower drill rotation during dental procedures could help prevent COVID-19 aerosol spread and improve safety for both patients and the dental practice workforce

The researchers at Imperial College London and King's College London in the UK noted that dental treatment can pose a high risk of viral transmission because the tools that are used often produce aerosols, which can contain high number of copies of the novel coronavirus. The aerosols are generated when saliva mixes with water and air streams used in dental procedures, they said. The study, published in the Journal of Dental Research, measured and analysed aerosol generation during the procedures and suggested changes to prevent contamination in the first place to improve safety.

COURTESY: Dental Research Journal