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Developing the Evidence Base on Dental Aerosols

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2021 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session

The 99th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR was to be held in conjunction with the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and the 45th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research, from July 21-24, 2021 as a Virtual Experience.

The recordings in this library from the meeting are a selection of the science that was to be presented as part of the General Session. These recordings give you the opportunity to participate in the meeting and hear from leading researchers. The recordings include IADR Distinguished Lecture Series speakers, the IADR Academy and symposia from a collection of scientific groups and networks.

This session can be purchased as part of the full meeting recordings within the product bundles

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Session Description 
Many dental procedures produce aerosols and droplets which contain saliva and blood. The potential for cross infection has long been known, but the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown our understanding (or lack thereof) of the risks posed by dental aerosols into sharp contrast. The resulting uncertainty has had an adverse effect on the provision of dental care across the world and has impacted the oral health of patients as a result. Particular issues include classifying which procedures produce aerosol, assessing the risks of disease transmission for specific infectious agents such as SARS-CoV-2, and determining effective control measures including a safe ‘fallow time’ between patients. Additional challenges are posed by the lack of uniformity of dental clinic design, and the need to use open plan multi-chair clinics in certain situations such as training dental students.

This symposium will present recent primary research into dental aerosols, from researchers who have applied methodologies including microbiological analysis, tracer dye studies, and real-time measurement to the field. The symposium will conclude with an overview of the current evidence-base by researchers involved in evidence-synthesis. A discussion will focus on current evidence gaps and identifying the direction of future research.

The symposium includes presentation of research completed by Newcastle University, Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), the National Physical Laboratory (UK) and the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme.

Learning Objectives
  • Gain insight on findings from recent primary research into dental aerosols.
  • Recognise the limitations of research methodologies used in this field.
  • Understand the state of the evidence base on the risks posed by dental aerosols, and strategies to manage these risks.
Presentation Date
July 24, 2021

Charifa Zemouri
James Allison
Jordan Tompkins
Jan Clarkson

Sponsoring Groups/Networks
Clinical and Translational Science Network, Evidence-based Dentistry Network, Microbiology/Immunology, Oral Health Research, Periodontal Research

CE Credits
1.5 Hours

Financial Interest Disclosure:

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