COVID-19 is a New Challenge for Dental Practitioners: Advice on Patients’ Management from Prevention of Cross Infections to Telemedicine

Amerigo Giudice1, 2, *, Francesco Bennardo1, 2, Alessandro Antonelli1, 2, Selene Barone1, 2, Leonzio Fortunato1, 2
1 School of Dentistry, Department of Health Sciences, Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy
2 Unit of Dentistry, “Mater Domini” Hospital, COVID-19 Reference Hospital for Calabria Region, Catanzaro, Italy

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The COVID-19, originated in China in December 2019, has spread worldwide pandemically. Infection control measures are especially needed for healthcare professionals who meet potentially infected patients.


The authors aimed to provide general knowledge about COVID-19 disease and indications for the management of emergency dental procedures based on recent literature and experience gained.


A literature search was performed to identify scientific information on COVID-19 and prevention of cross infection appropriate for the practice of dentistry.


The authors provided relevant information about SARS-CoV-2 virus, COVID-19 disease, and prevention of cross infections in the dental office. Furthermore, the authors described their experience and highlighted the potential of telemedicine.


This article, based on relevant researches, guidelines and Authors’ experience in a COVID-19 Hospital, introduces essential knowledge about COVID-19 and transmission routes and provides recommended management protocols for dental practitioners.

Keywords: COVID-19, Dental public health, Emergency dental treatment, Guidelines, Infection control, Telemedicine.