Essentials of Dentistry

The Neuropsychiatric Implications of Coronavirus Disease 2019 and their Impact on the Provision of Dental Care


Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Clinical Sciences, University of Malaya Faculty of Dentistry, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Department of Restorative Dentistry, University of Malaya Faculty of Dentistry, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Division of Restorative Dentistry, International Medical University, School of Dentistry, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Essentials of Dentistry 2024; 3: 28-36
DOI: 10.5152/EssentDent.2024.23021
Read: 360 Downloads: 126 Published: 15 March 2024

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is spreading like wildfire and has posed significant challenges to the delivery of healthcare in all affected countries. Populations worldwide are vulnerable to the virus, which is highly infectious in nature. With the consequential lifestyle changes resulting from lockdown and quarantine, compromised mental health was part of the repercussions that affected most people, including the public, healthcare workers, and those unfortunate ones who fell victim to the COVID-19 infection. This is a narrative review article that aims to dwell into and discuss the impact of COVID-19, focusing on neuropsychiatric implications and the subsequent provision of oral care. Articles were searched from online databases such as MEDLINE, ScienceDirect, and Google Scholar, and the keywords used to identify the papers were “COVID-19,” “Neuropsychiatry,” and “Dental care delivery.” Any conventional and effective prevention of oral diseases and self-administered care may be doubtful considering dental care access and delivery are not operating in the usual way during this trying time.

Cite this article as: Ngeow WC, Lim GS, Khoo SE, Kweh TJ. The neuropsychiatric implications of coronavirus 2019 and their impact on the provision of dental care. Essent Dent. 2024;3(1):28-36.

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