Experts have published guidance on the re-opening of dental services after lockdown.
Aberdeen University has been involved in reviewing the evidence to advise policy makers about the best way to get dentists across the country open again when restrictions have eased.
The team has been looking at how services may be restructured to minimise risk, and suggested rolling out a patient triage telephone system and introducing temperature screening at reception.
The majority also recommended avoiding aerosol generating procedures wherever possible.
The group was led by Professors Craig Ramsay from Aberdeen University and Jan Clarkson from Manchester University.
Prof Ramsay said: “The review collates the range of recommendations related to each theme from the various sources identified.
“I would like to stress that this review is not guidance but, in the absence of robust evidence, it should assist policy and decision makers in producing national guidance for their own settings.”
Prof Clarkson described the “review has been a hugely collaborative international effort” and said: “I am extremely grateful to all those involved for working so hard to complete it in such short time.”