Assessing the Awareness about Mercury Toxicity among Graduates of A Dental College in South India

Datta, Madhurima and Singhal, Deepak Kumar and Mishra, Manikesh (2015) Assessing the Awareness about Mercury Toxicity among Graduates of A Dental College in South India. International Journal of Contemporary Medical, 2 (3). :671-675.

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Abstract

Introduction: Dental amalgam is the most widely used restorative material and element mercury is an important component of it. Handling mercury causes the least threat to the patient, but could be a threat to the dentist if not practiced properly. Despite of the long history and popularity, there had been periodic concern about adverse health effects arising from the exposure of minute level of mercury released from amalgam. So the present study was done to assess the awareness about mercury toxicity among interns of dental college in South India.Methods: A cross sectional questionnaire study consisting of 15 close ended questions written in English was distributed among interns during the college hours. Descriptive analysis of data was done using SPSS software. Results: Results showed that all the interns were aware of potential toxicity from usage of amalgam but only 15% of interns knew the critical threshold of mercury level in dental clinics and only 60% of the interns were aware how to manage mercury spills. Conclusion: Even though dental interns were aware of potential toxicity from mercury but they were not aware about the recommended guidelines while working with amalgam.So awareness needs to be created among the interns to ensure safe disposal of mercury.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assesment; Awareness; Dentistry; Graduates; Mercury Toxicity
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2015 09:34
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2015 09:34
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/144241

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