Volume : 8, Issue : 3, MAR 2022

FACIAL MASK: AN UNWANTED IMPACT ON COMMUNICATION IN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY- A REVIEW ARTICLE

JAY PANCHAL*, ANUP PANDA, JINA JANI, ANIRBAN CHATTERJEE, RUSHITA SHAH, BINNY PARMAR

Abstract

The face is responsible for communicating thoughts, ideas, and emotions. Facial expressions are the most noticed entity on an individual's face during communication. They animate the feelings, intentions, and rapid responses of the person. The necessity of the facial mask as a protective shield against the covid-19 virus and to reduce the risk of the droplet and airborne transmission has obstructed the heart of communication. Obstruction of the facial expressions in this pandemic gives particular challenges to a pedodontist and a child patient. Many studies have been shown that a smile is an essential component of facial expression that activates a part of the brain. Mainly talking about a smile as a crucial conversational tool between a pedodontist and a child patient, a smile delivers a sign of calmness and friendliness to the child: facial expressions and gestures and help build a firm trust between them. The present article gives us an idea about different communication challenges due to obstruction of facial expressions by a mask faced by pedodontist with standard and special child and people with hearing impairment in the operatory while briefing the patient about the procedure and treatment.

Keywords

COVID-19, MASK, FACIAL EXPRESSION, COMMUNICATION, PEDODONTIST, SPECIAL CHILD, ALTERNATIVE METHODS.

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