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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 44-50

Awareness and Practices about Dental Health Care Waste Management Among Dentists of Davanagere City, Karnataka

1 Department of Community Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka-577 004, India
2 Department of Community Dentistry, Vishnu Dental College & Hospital, Bhimavaram-534202, Andrapradesh, India
3 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Kamataka-577 004, India

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Objective: To know the existing awareness and practices of dentist on Management of Dental Health care waste among dentists of Davanagere city, Kamataka. Method: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted among the dentists of two teaching dental hospitals, and private practitioners of Davanagere city, Kamataka. A specially designed questionnaire consisting of twelve close ended questions spreaded across two different sets to measure awareness and practices towards management of dental health care waste was used. Results: In the sample of 302 dentists, 41 were private practitioners, 227 were faculty which included teaching staff in two dental hospitals and the post graduates and 34 of them were both (private practitioners /faculty) working as faculty in dental hospital as well as practicing. This study clearly indicates that there is a wide variation in the practice of dental health care waste management. Conclusion: Waste generated can be detrimental to the environment if not properly managed. We have to address this issue in a practical and meaningful manner. Our commitment and voluntary measures will be much more effective to preserve our earth for the future generation. All we need to do is to develop very simple effective and economic procedures that are sustainable.

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