How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affects Risk Awareness in Dentists: A Scoping Review

Wolf, Thomas Gerhard; De Col, Leonardo; Banihashem Rad, Seyedahmad; Castiglia, Paolo; Arghittu, Antonella; Cannavale, Mina; Campus, Guglielmo (2022). How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affects Risk Awareness in Dentists: A Scoping Review. International journal of environmental research and public health, 19(9), p. 4971. Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI 10.3390/ijerph19094971

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Dentists are on the frontline of infection, especially when it comes to respiratory viruses like the new coronavirus. The purpose of this paper is to conduct a scoping review to better understand dentists’ risk awareness, awareness of COVID-19 symptoms, preventive measures, and effective methods of COVID-19 infection prevention and management. This paper systematically assesses the published literature on dentistry and COVID-19. Various electronic databases including Ovid MEDLINE, Scopus, Embase, and MEDLINE via PubMed were searched up to 9 September 2021. Overall, 39 papers were included. Almost the entirety of dentists (94.5%) reported awareness of the three most common COVID-19 symptoms, and a risk awareness score of about 90% was shown, while 88.2% of dentists reported adopting preventive measures. More than 50% did not want to treat infected people. While 70.3% of dentists recommended usage of N95 masks, the rate of dentists using them was below 40%. Sufficient awareness of risks during the pandemic was found in dentists. Although they were using preventive measures, there remains upside potential for adopting all recommended measures. Further, the usage of N95 masks is improvable, even though the benefit of wearing them could not be confirmed.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Preventive, Restorative and Pediatric Dentistry
04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Restorative Dentistry, Research

UniBE Contributor:

Wolf, Thomas Gerhard, Banihashem Rad, Seyedahmad, Campus, Guglielmo Giuseppe


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI




Thomas Gerhard Wolf

Date Deposited:

27 Apr 2022 08:54

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05 Dec 2022 16:19

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

dentistry; dentist; COVID-19; review; risk awareness




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