COVID-19 Dental Elf Blogs – 5

coronavirus 2 (SARS- CoV-2)

Since the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus just over a year ago we have published a number of dental blogs relevant to COVID-19.

The blogs cover topics such as dental teams’ generic risk of disease, baseline risk of covid-19, asymptomatic patients and the risk of community spread, digital thermometers, mouthwash use, surgical mask types, gown types, eye protection, face shields, PPE donning order, free-standing clean air machines, accuracy of covid-19 diagnostic tests, international recommendations for re-opening or re-structuring dental services and guideline development.

  • Blogs published between the 25th March and 17th May 2020 appear on a page initially published on the 15th May and are available via this link.
  • Blogs published between the 18th – 26th May appear on a page initially published on the 22nd May and are available via this link
  • Blogs published between the 27th May – 27th July 2020 appear on a page initially published on the 15th June and are available via this link.
  • Blogs published between the 27th July – 19th October 2020 are available on this link.
  • Blogs published since the 19th October 2020  appear below:-

Dental Elf – 24th Mar 2021

Detecting SARS-CoV-2 in Saliva

Dental Elf – 26th Feb 2021

Oral manifestations of COVID-19

Dental Elf – 15th Jan 2021

Dental risk and precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dental Elf – 13th Jan 2021

COVID-19 transmission risk and protective protocols in dentistry

Dental Elf – 11th Jan 2021

Oral hygiene for critically ill patients

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Derek Richards is a specialist in dental public health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Development Team. A former editor of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal and chief blogger for the Dental Elf website until December 2023. Derek has been involved with a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994. Derek retired from the NHS in 2019 remaining as a part-time senior lecturer at Dundee Dental School until the end of 2023.

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