COVID-19 infection implications for oral health care

Expiry Date
: 01/04/2026
CPD Units
: 3.00 Points
: 3.7/4

Implications of COVID-19 infection on patient management and oral health care.

Keywords: COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, oral manifestations, saliva, oral mucosa, oral lesions, dentistry

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Educational Objectives

Educational Aim:
The aim of this article is to discuss the significance of COVID-19 in relation to the oral mucosa and saliva in dental practice.

Editor's comments:
High viral loads of SARS-CoV-2 are found in the saliva and oral mucosa, subsequently increasing the risk of the patient and dental health care workers. COVID-19 is also associated with oral lesions and loss of taste and smell. Early diagnosis of oral manifestations will facilitate prevention of SARS-CoV-2 transmission and patient management in the dental health care setting.

Educational Outcomes:
Upon completion of this module practitioners should have a clear understanding of:

  1. The role of saliva and oral mucosa in the pathogenesis of COVID-19, disease diagnosis and oral health care
  2. The oral manifestations of COVID-19.
  3. Implications and functional significance for the dental profession.

    Instructions for this Module

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