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Dentistry: What Are Aerosol Generating Procedures?

The practice of dentistry uses a number of procedures that generate airborne particles, known as aerosol generating procedures. These can cause airborne contamination from salivatory and respiratory sources as well as dental instruments.

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Dentistry: What Are Aerosol Generating Procedures?

  1. 1. DENTISTRY: What Are Aerosol Generating Procedures? Jonathan Alexander Abt
  2. 2. DENTISTRY: What Are Aerosol Generating Procedures? The practice of dentistry uses a number of procedures that generate airborne particles, known as aerosol ge- nerating procedures. These can cause airborne conta- mination from salivatory and respiratory sources as well as dental instruments. 2 Jonathan Alexander Abt
  3. 3. 3Jonathan Alexander Abt AEROSOL PRODUCERS HYGIENE INTENSITY The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in increased hygiene regulations regarding aerosol generating procedures to help prevent the spread of the virus. Practices that can produce aero- sols in dentistry include the use of air-water syringes, ultrasonic scalers and dental handpieces, causing a mixture of air, water and saliva from the patient to enter the air. Good hygiene practices are es- sential when carrying out ae- rosol generating procedures. These include the proper clea- ning, sterilising and storage of all equipment, including instru- ments, surfaces, and anything else in close proximity. The most intense aerosol ge- nerating procedures are those which use high speed hand- pieces or ultrasonic scalers without a rubber dental dam. However, even low speed hand- pieces, air-water syringes and other procedures can still pro- duce aerosols.
  4. 4. JONATHAN ALEXANDER ABT You can learn more about the implications of aerosol generating procedures for orthodontics by visiting the blog of Jonathan Alexander-Abt.

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The practice of dentistry uses a number of procedures that generate airborne particles, known as aerosol generating procedures. These can cause airborne contamination from salivatory and respiratory sources as well as dental instruments.

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