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Volume 26 , Issue 6
November/December 2013

Pages 541-544


Clinical Evaluation of Chlorine Dioxide for Disinfection of Dental Instruments

Takao Watamoto, DDS, PhD/Hiroshi Egusa, DDS, PhD/Takashi Sawase, DDS, PhD/Hirofumi Yatani, DDS, PhD


PMID: 24179967
DOI: 10.11607/ijp.3465

This study aimed to clinically evaluate the disinfection efficacy of chlorine dioxide (ClO2) for used dental instruments. An imprint culture technique demonstrated that ultrasonic cleaning of intraorally applied dental mirrors in 0.02% ClO2 for 10 minutes resulted in compete removal of microorganisms for 10 subjects. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA was detected by real-time polymerase chain reaction on periodontal curettes after subgingival scaling in four HCV-infected patients and was completely removed by the same treatment procedure. Therefore, the combination of ultrasonic cleaning with ClO2 may provide an alternative to toxic disinfectants, such as glutaraldehyde and sodium hypochlorite, for disinfecting dental instruments. Int J Prosthodont 2013;26:541544. doi: 10.11607/ijp.3465


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