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Objectives: 1. To know the methods of infection control & biomedical waste management among private dental practitioners of Tumkur city. 2. To suggest measures for proper infection control & biomedical waste management.
Materials & methods: A list of names and address of private dental practitioners was obtained from Sri Siddhartha Dental College and IDA (Tumkur branch). All 81 dentists were requested to answer the pre-designed structured questionnaire.
Statistical Analysis: Data was analyzed using SPSS software and Chi-square test was used.
Results: 81 dentists responded. Among them percentage of dentists, wearing gloves was 100%, mouth mask 100%, protective eye glasses 33.2%. 98% of the dentists were vaccinated for Hepatitis B. As a method of sterilization 48.1% were using boiling water and 27.1% autoclave. Only 29.6% of dentists are disposing bio medical waste through specialized agency.
Conclusion: Awareness should be created among dentists regarding infection control and bio medical waste management with the help of local IDA and Dental Colleges. Safe disposal of bio medical waste should be made mandatory by concerned authorities.