Special Issue "Oral Health, Dental Practice and COVID-19"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Rocío Barrios Rodríguez
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Guest Editor
Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
Interests: quality of life; cancer; oral health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge in different contexts, including oral health. On the one hand, dentists and other professionals related to oral health have experienced fast changes in their practices, with transmission of COVID-19 in dental clinics or infection control and measures being some of the concerns they face, potentially resulting in clinical and emotional consequences.

On the other hand, patients have also faced new challenges, for example, oral manifestations and/or sequelae of COVID-19 or a deterioration of their oral health due to the use of face masks and possible changes in the oral microbiota. Fear of going to the dentist could also be present and lead to delays in diagnoses and treatment of diseases of the oral cavity.

This Special Issue aims to identify the implications of COVID-19 in the different scopes of oral health as a first step to the development of preventive strategies.

Dr. Rocío Barrios Rodríguez
Guest Editor

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  • oral health
  • oral manifestations
  • COVID-19
  • dentistry
  • fear
  • psychosocial factors

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Delivery of Health Care by Spanish Dental Hygienists in Private and Public Dental Services during the COVID-19 De-Escalation Phase (June 2020): A Cross-Sectional Study
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(16), 8298; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18168298 - 05 Aug 2021
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Background: The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain posed a major challenge for Spanish dental professionals. The objective of this work is to describe the dental hygienists’ work status and employment patterns during the de-escalation phase in order to analyse the [...] Read more.
Background: The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain posed a major challenge for Spanish dental professionals. The objective of this work is to describe the dental hygienists’ work status and employment patterns during the de-escalation phase in order to analyse the standards of knowledge, compliance with official recommendations, and dental activities both in the public health service and in the private sector. Material and Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire was answered by Spanish dental hygienists via WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram. The questionnaire was piloted before it was distributed and carried out during June 2020. Results: Here, 517 dental hygienists were surveyed, of which 86.2% followed the official recommendations to avoid contagion and 63.8% agreed with the gradual return to work by limiting the use of aerosols. Private dental hygienists identified more with returning to work without restrictions (14.5%) versus those working for the public service (1.2%) (p < 0.005). Conclusions: Dental hygienists’ return to work has involved different strategies, aimed at controlling infection and guaranteeing the safety of patients and the rest of the dental team. The availability of personal protective equipment, the adaptation of clinical infrastructure, and patient care management have differed between professionals working in the private and public sectors. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Delivery of Health Care of Spanish dental hygienists in private and public dental surgeries during the descaling fase (June 2020) COVID-19: A Cross-Sectional Study
Authors: Yolanda Martínez Beneyto; María Victoria Mateos
Affiliation: University Complutense of Madrid (Spain) University of Murcia

Title: Prevalence of anxiety among dental students during the COVID-19 pandemic: A meta-analysis
Authors: Javier Santabárbara; Nahia Idoiaga Mondragon
Affiliation: 1. Department of Microbiology, Pediatrics, Radiology and Public Health, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain. 2. Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Leioa, Spain

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