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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-38

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the management of dental pain and odontogenic infections in pediatric patients


1 Dental School, José do Rosario Vellano University, UNIFENAS; Center for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies, UNIFENAS, Alfenas, São Paulo, Brazil
2 Department of Oral diagnoses, State University of Campinas, FOP-UNICAMP, Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil
3 Dental School, José do Rosario Vellano University, UNIFENAS, São Paulo, Brazil
4 Department of Nephrology, University of California, San Diego, UC SanDiego, California, United States of America; Department of Pediatrics, Federal University of Minas Gerais, UFMG, Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, Brazil
5 Center for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies, UNIFENAS, Alfenas;a Primary Care/Health Science Postgraduate Program, State University of Montes Claros, UNIMONTES, Montes Claros, Minas Gerai, São Paulo, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
Nelson Pereira Marques
State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), 901 Limeira Avenue, Piracicaba-SP
Brazil
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jdrr.jdrr_172_21

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Objective: This study aimed to compare the number of procedures for dental pain relief and odontogenic infection control performed annually in pediatric patients before and during the pandemic to date. Methods: The longitudinal association between the number of procedures to treat pediatric urgent dental emergencies from the previous (2017–2019) to the pandemic (2020) period was evaluated by a negative binomial regression in the form of incidence rate ratio with 95% confidence interval. Results: This study showed a significant decrease in the number of pulp capping, pulpotomy, access to dental pulp and medication, endodontic medication with/without biomechanical root canal preparation, abscess drainage, and extraction of primary or permanent teeth, performed in patients up to 12 years old from the previous to the pandemic period. Conclusions: Therefore, the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted on the number of procedures for dental pain relief and odontogenic infection control performed in pediatric patients.


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