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Hygiene in dental practices

Type:  Articles

Pubblication date:  /2/2006


Language:  English

Institution:  Department of Internal Medicine and Public Health Chair of Hygiene, University of L’Aquila, Italy

Publication:  Europena Journal of Paediatric Dentistry

Publisher:  Ariesdue s.r.l.

Keywords:  Infective risk, Cross-infections, Surveillance, Dental practices

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Title:  Hygiene in dental practices

Abstract:  Aim The aim of this study was to investigate the hygienic quality of dental practices on the basis of the self-awareness expressed by dentists respondents to a self-reported questionnaire about the health/hygiene characteristics of practice, the knowledge of biologic/toxicological risks and the preventive procedures and devices improvements in professional practice. Materials and methods Of the 127 practitioners contacted, 108 (85%) agreed to participate. The knowledge of infective risks was self-evaluated as “good” only in 24%: even if vaccinated, most of the dentists (57%) considered HBV the main infective agent to fear, not giving the same importance to the air-borne transmission of diseases. The presence of a single dental unit per surgery (90%) was considered an index of good health/hygiene education but, in spite of the use of disposable gloves, caps and masks, the dentists do not always change their coats or wash their hands between patients yet. The management of dental instruments can be considered efficient as long as they are sterilised in an autoclave (97%) and undergo periodic sterilization efficacy tests (76%). Results and conclusion The results indicate a good structural and organisational status, but there is the need for continuous education concerning the prevention of cross-infections.

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