COVID-19 outbreak, disruption of dental education, and the role of teledentistry

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Reprinted from Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences. 2020;36(7):1726-1731. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.7.3125
COVID-19 outbreak, disruption of dental 
education, and the role of teledentistry
Imran Farooq1, Saqib Ali2,
Imran Alam Moheet3, Jehan AlHumaid4

ABSTRACT
The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has affected the whole world and has now been declared a Pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Although the mortality rate of this virus is low, it is especially potent against people with underlying systemic conditions. Dentistry is a profession where the doctor, as well as the dental staff, works in close vicinity to the patient’s mouth. Dental education has two core components; didactic and clinical training (including patient care). Dental education has been interrupted in the past due to certain events (Arab Spring and SARS outbreak). Currently, the pandemic of COVID-19 has disrupted dental education globally as most of the dental schools and universities in the world have closed amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Teledentistry is a subspecialty of telemedicine that helps in the provision of educational activities, advice, and diagnosis about treatment over a distance with the help of technology like video conferencing. The current overview summarizes the potential role of teledentistry in continuing the dental educational process in terms of delivery of didactic components, clinical training, and patient care. It can be concluded that with modern updated devices and tools, teledentistry can be an effective way to prevent disruption of dental education and it can be utilized in continuing the dental educational process in this critical time of the COVID-19 outbreak.

KEYWORDS: Clinical, COVID-19, Dental education, Didactic, Teledentistry, Patient care.

How to cite this: Farooq I, Ali S, Moheet IA, AlHumaid J. COVID-19 outbreak, disruption of dental education, and the role of teledentistry. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(7):1726-1731. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.7.3125.

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