About this Research Topic
Instigated by the pandemic outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, major challenges in routine dental practice have been faced, with aerosolized compounds being in the spotlight of healthcare-associated infections in dental settings. The pathogenic dynamic of aerosol clouds rests in the microbial load produced, while other infection vectors constitute saliva- and blood-borne transmission of viral and bacterial pathogens. Biofilm formation within dental unit waterlines (DUWLs), as well as improper ventilation systems within dental settings may pose an additional risk for patients and the treatment team, depending on the microbial load, frequency of exposure, and immune response of the host.
Protection measures and infection/transmission control are therefore invaluable, especially at present and during periods of seasonal epidemics. Quality of evidence in this respect should therefore be reinforced.
The aim of the present Research Topic is to encourage submissions relating to a wide range of pathogen transmission routes within dental settings, with a focus on aerosolized microbes. Papers focusing on the transmission-infection relationship, cross-transmission of viruses, and opportunistic as well as pathogenic bacteria of the oral cavity will also be considered. The bidirectional role and pathway of contamination within dental settings should be addressed. The risks involved and potential protective measures for patients, the dentist, and the clinic personnel should be elucidated.
In this Research Topic we invite manuscripts that will advance the level of the existing evidence on transmission/infection routes and contamination within dental settings and during routine dental procedures.
The main themes in this Research Topic are, but not limited to:
• Infection control strategies
• Interactions between pathogenic microbes, bacteria, viruses, and opportunistic periodontal bacteria/biofilm
• Aerosolized pathogens
• Patient-hosting air- and blood-borne transmission routes
• Alternative transmission routes (DUWLs, ventilation systems)
The Editors welcome a range of article types, with a special interest in original articles, systematic reviews/ meta-analyses, scoping and comprehensive reviews, mini- reviews, case series or case reports.
Keywords: Aerosolized bacteria, dental setting, pathogen, microbe, covid-19, SARS-CoV-2
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