Domestic violence against women detected and managed in dental practice - A systematic review

This study aimed to investigate the knowledge of dental care professionals to identify and manage clinical situations that indicate violence against women. PRISMA guidelines were followed and a systematic review protocol was registered in PROSPERO. The systematic search was designed based on the PICo strategy. Six databases were used as primary research sources (PubMed, Scopus, LILACS, SciELO, Web of Science, and Embase). Three databases (OpenGrey, OpenThesis, and OATD) were used to detect the “grey literature”. Observational studies (cross-sectional, cohort, or case-control) were included, and there were no restrictions of year or language of publication. Two authors selected and extracted the data from the eligible studies. The risk of bias was assessed with the JBI Critical Appraisal Checklist. The search resulted in 10,115 studies. Eleven met the eligibility criteria and were included in the qualitative synthesis.

The effect of COVID-19 pandemic on life quality of dental professionals

The coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has become the most challenging issue for dental professionals all over the world. The majority of epidemiological reports focus on quality of life and health of general health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this study, it was aimed to assess the effects of the pandemic on dental professionals’ quality of life.

How is the dental hygiene status of preschool children during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Tooth brushing skills and characteristics of parents

During the COVID-19 pandemic, preschool children did online teaching and learning at home, so that efforts to promote dental health by health workers were not optimal. This will have an impact on the dental hygiene status of preschool children to be worse. Therefore, the role of parents is needed to pay attention to dental and oral health from an early age.

A Shift in the oral health paradigm

Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, dental practices continue facing unprecedented challenges on both personal and professional levels. We have had to cope with the universal concerns about health risks to our patients, families, and ourselves. Added to our concerns for physical wellbeing are those of fiscal health, as the uncertainty around the economic consequences of the pandemic on our clinic operations become more evident.

In an ADA COVID-19 impact poll, over half of the participating dentists reported an increase in bruxism and damaged teeth since the pandemic hit. Concurrently, approximately 30% of clinicians reported a rise in periodontal disease among their patients.1

Our goal is to keep our patients healthy as we work to reverse the upward trend of oral disease. The links between oral health, physical wellbeing, and a strong immune system must be forefront in our efforts to educate patients. Let’s look more closely at issues of concern and their solutions..


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