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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 13  |  Page : 76-79

Effect of pre-procedural rinsing with an antimicrobial agent on aerosols in a mobile dental unit

Department of Public Health Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Kamataka-577 004, India

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Background: Microbial aerosols are generated during dental treatments and may represent an important source of infection. A number of sources of bacterial aerosols exist within and outside the dental clinic. Dental personnel working in the MDU are found to be more prone to cross-infections. Infection control has long been considered one of the main concerns of the dental community. Hence, dental staff should consider appropriate methods which reduce bacterial aerosols and splatters in the dental clinic along with personnel protective measures. Objective: To check the effect of pre-procedural rinse on viable bacteria in a mobile dental unit. Materials and method: The study was conducted in a treatment camp, using Mobile Dental Unit from College of Dental Sciences, Davangere. The aerosols were collected in a Petri dish with blood agar base before and after the use of mouthrinse during scaling procedure. Study design was a randomized split mouth technique. Result: There was a reduction in the colony forming units after the use of mouthrinse. The reduction in the count after rinse was statistically highly significant with that of without rinsing. Conclusion: Pre procedural rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash reduced significant number of organisms, making it a simple, inexpensive method for the control of dental aerosol and splatter.

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