Bacterial aerosols in the dental clinic: a review

Leggat, P.A., and Kedjarune, U. (2001) Bacterial aerosols in the dental clinic: a review. International Dental Journal, 51 (1). pp. 39-44.

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Abstract

A number of sources of bacterial aerosols exist within and outside the dental clinic. The concentration of bacterial aerosols and splatters appears to be highest during dental procedures, especially those generated by some procedures such as ultrasonic scaling, or using a high speed drill. Several infectious diseases could be transmitted to staff and patients by airborne bacterial and other contaminants in the dental clinic. Air-conditioning and ventilation systems should be regularly maintained to reduce environmental contaminants and to prevent recirculation of bacterial aerosols. Pre-procedural rinsing by patients with mouthwashes as well as vacuum and electrostatic extraction of aerosols during dental procedures could also be employed. Dental staff should also consider appropriate immunisations and continue to use personal protective measures, which reduce contact with bacterial aerosols and splatters in the dental clinic.

Item ID: 13234
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: dental clinics, aerosols, airborne, bacterial, air sampling
ISSN: 1875-595X
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2012 05:03
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1105 Dentistry > 110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920402 Dental Health @ 100%
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