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Extraoral suction system and infection control

Extraoral suction systems are an important first-line defense in ensuring that any dental aerosols carrying infected viral or bacterial matter are captured at the source – the patient’s mouth – when they result from high-speed instrumentation procedures that increase the concentration of airborne aerosols.”

“High-speed dental instruments, such as those used for cavity drilling and ultrasonic scaling techniques during cleanings, often generate millions of microscopic dental aerosols and tiny micro-droplets that can contain highly infectious bacterial or viral pathogens from the patient’s mouth, including COVID-19.4,5

Once airborne, these aerosols and droplets can make contact with the clothes of patients, hygienists, staff, and dentists.” 



Article Resources

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DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4970.17.04087-0
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[3] U.S. Department of Labor issues alert to help keep dental industry practitioners safe during the coronavirus pandemic. (2020). 
[4] COVID-19 guidance for dentistry. (2020).
[5] Summary of ADA guidance during the COVID-19 crisis. (2020).
[6] ADHA interim guidance on returning to work. (2020).
[7] Protecting workers from mercury exposure while crushing and recycling fluorescent bulbs. (2014).
[8] Mercury compounds [except (organo) alkyls] (as Hg). (2019).
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[10] DePaola LG, et al. (2019). Surface disinfection.
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-30085-2_12
[11] Patel M, et al. (2016). The efficacy of disinfectants in the decontamination of dental unit water lines: An in vitro laboratory study.
DOI: 10.1038/bdjopen.2016.3
[12] Henn SA, et al. (2015). Precautionary practices of healthcare workers who disinfect medical and dental devices using high-level disinfectants.
DOI: 10.1017/ice.2014.37
[13] Fallahi HR, et al. (2020). Being a front-line dentist during the Covid-19 pandemic: A literature review.
DOI: 10.1186/s40902-020-00256-5