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Researchers Investigate Ways to Reduce COVID-19 Risks in Dental Offices

November 24, 2021
by University of Illinois Chicago


According to a study from the University of Illinois Chicago, adding a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the water in ultrasonic scalers used to clean teeth can help mitigate the risk of spreading airborne diseases, including COVID-19, in clinical dental environments. 

Researchers from UIC’s College of Dentistry and College of Engineering co-authored “Effect of H₂O₂Antiseptic on Dispersal of Cavitation-Induced Microdroplets,” published in the October the Journal of Dental Research. 

Dentistry faculty approached colleagues in engineering to evaluate ways to safely reopen UIC’s dental clinic while it was closed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Constantine Megaridis, UIC distinguished professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and corresponding author of the paper. 

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