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Aerosol contamination in a rural university dental clinic in south India

Acharya, Shashidhar and *, Harsh Priya and Purohit, Bharathi and Bhat, Meghashyam (2010) Aerosol contamination in a rural university dental clinic in south India. International Journal of Infection Control, 6 (1). pp. 2-7. ISSN 1996-9783

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Abstract

Aerosol and splatter are a concern in dentistry because of possible transmission of infectious agents and their potential effects on the health of patients and dental personnel. The aim of this study was to assess and compare amount of aerosol contamination produced by ultrasonic scaler and high speed air turbine hand piece in immediate vicinity of patient’s mouth during dental procedures and to determine level and type of microbial contamination present on white coats of dental personnel in a rural dental setting. The study was conducted in two parts, with assessment and comparison of amount of aerosol contamination produced by ultrasonic scaler and high speed air turbine hand piece in first part and examination of fifty one white coat’s contamination of dental personnel in second part. Higher colony count was seen during oral prophylaxis which was significantly than during cavity preparation; and the count was highest from patient’s chest area. Dental procedures like scaling and cavity preparation cause considerable aerosol contamination in the immediate vicinity of the patient’s mouth and of dentists’ barrier clothing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Infection control, Aerosol contamination, White coat, Rural.
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Public Health Dentistry
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 28 May 2012 04:34
Last Modified: 28 May 2012 04:34
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/76528

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