The COVID-19 Pandemic: Role of dental professionals in a tertiary care hospital setting

Amit Khatri1Orcid, Tavisha Goyal2Orcid, Namita Kalra3Orcid, Rishi Tyagi4Orcid, Drishti Kaushal5Orcid, Puja Sabherwal6Orcid

Highlights

A pandemic requires an “all hands-on deck” approach. Dental professionals with their skill set and knowledge present a less explored resource to answer the COVID-19 pandemic.
Optional medical work and specific training for pandemic relief should be incorporated into dental curriculum to train students, improve their knowledge and skills in future pandemics.
This article describes the experience of dental professionals as front line workers in a tertiary care hospital designated as a dedicated COVID–19 facility.

Abstract

The coronavirus disease which originated in Wuhan, China led to a worldwide pandemic. In India, which harbors the second largest population in the world, it created challenges on multiple fronts. In view of the increasing demand for medical healthcare, dental professionals represent an untapped resource to combat the pandemic. In many countries, dental professionals have risen to the challenge in the fight against COVID-19. This review aims to highlight the experience of dental professionals in a tertiary care hospital designated as a dedicated COVID–19 facility as frontline workers while also providing a perspective on the much larger role a dental professional can play in future pandemics.

Keywords: Coronavirus; Dentistry; Pandemic

Author Affiliations

  1. Professor, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India ( Correspondence: khatri9804@rediffmail.com )
  2. Post graduate student, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India
  3. Professor and Head, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India
  4. Professor, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, University College of Medical Sciences, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital (University of Delhi), Delhi, India
  5. Senior Resident, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India
  6. Senior Resident, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India
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Contemp Pediatr Dent 2022:3(1):1-7

Received: 31 January 2022

Accepted: 28 April 2022

Online First: 14 May 2022

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					Amit Khatri, Tavisha Goyal, Namita Kalra, Rishi Tyagi, Drishti Kaushal, Puja Sabherwal. The COVID-19 Pandemic: Role of dental professionals in a tertiary care hospital setting. Contemp Pediatr Dent 2022:3(1):1-7
				
			

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