COVID-19 infection implications for oral health care
Implications of COVID-19 infection on patient management and oral health care.
The aim of this article is to discuss the significance of COVID-19 in relation to the oral mucosa and saliva in dental practice.
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.
Upon completion of this module practitioners should have a clear understanding of:
- The role of saliva and oral mucosa in the pathogenesis of COVID-19, disease diagnosis and oral health care
- The oral manifestations of COVID-19.
- Implications and functional significance for the dental profession.
Instructions for this Module
- Read the supplied reading material and complete the quiz that follows;
- You have three attempts to pass the quiz;
- The pass grade is 70%;
- You need to pass the quiz to claim your CPD certificate;
- Please click on the CPD certificate link below to claim your CPD certificate and to update your CPD Manager.
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