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A Hygienist Responds to a Study on COVID-19 and the Dental Practice

September 15, 2020
by Amanda Hill, RDH, BSDH, DrBicuspid.com


Public health dentists and dental assistants in Italy who treated patients while the COVID-19 pandemic ran rampant did not appear to develop the disease, according to an article published on September 3 in Oral Diseases. But does this apply to dental hygienists?

There are a few things to consider about the study in relation to the risks to dental hygienists. “Professional oral hygiene” was halted halfway through the study period, and all patients were seen with two providers: a dentist and an assistant. There is no discussion of equipment used for scaling or aerosol containment. Much of the study is based on a series of educated guesses and statistical analysis.

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