When the COVID-19 outbreak began, elective dental treatment was postponed. However, as the incidence and prevalence in the population of the number of positive cases stabilises, dental treatment will inevitably look to resume.
A return to routine dental treatment will make mandatory the theme that good infection control is of paramount importance to dentist workers.
The use of dental rotary instruments in dentistry work have the ability to spray contaminated droplets, so the utilisation of face shields and masks is of paramount importance to combat the further spread of Coronavirus.
Standard dental surgical masks do not provide complete protection of the mucous membranes from COVID. Understandably, the majority of dental practices do not routinely stock N95 respirators.
Public Health England (PHE) issued general guidance on the appropriate PPE required for clinicians working within one metre of patients with possible or confirmed COVID-19. This includes a fluid repellent face mask, apron, nitrile gloves and eye protection (NHS England, 2020).