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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 17  |  Page : 161-167

Occupational Hazards in dental practice - current status of knowledge


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College and HospitaDatta Meghe ITI3titute of Medical Sciences University, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha - 442 004, Maharastra, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, I.T.S Dental College, Muradnagar, Delhi-Meerut Road Ghaziabad, UttarPradesh, India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere - 577 004, Karnataka, India

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Dental professionals are susceptible to a number of occupational hazards. In recent years many occupational hazards still persist in modem dentistry. Dentists, as well as dental personnel and their patients are constantly exposed to a number of specific occupational hazards. These cause the appearance of various ailments, specific to the profession, which develop and intensify with years. In many cases they result in diseases and disease complexes, some of which are regarded as occupational illnesses. Carrying out their professional work, dentists are exposed to a number of occupational hazards. These cause the appearance of various ailments, specific to the profession, which develop and intensify with years. In many cases they result in diseases and disease complexes, some of which are regarded as occupational illnesses. Relying on relevant literature, the present paper discusses selected occupational hazards - occupational biohazards, stressful situations, and latex hypersensitivity, as well as factors leading to the musculoskeletal system diseases.


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