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Quintessence Publishing: Journals: QI
Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

Publication:
June 1994
Volume 25 , Issue 6

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Atmospheric contamination during dental procedures

Legnani/Checchi/Pelliccioni/D’Achille

Pages: 435-439
PMID: 7938434

The aim of this study was to evaluate the level of aerosol pol lution following dental procedures performed in 15 sessions with an ultrasound scaler and a bicarbonate cleaner. The air contamination was measured by means of the Surface Air System method and the plate method (Air Microbial Index). Each colony-forming unitper cubic meter of air was allotted a unit value for statistical analysis. The data were then compared with the hygienic assessments made in previous studies. The results showed that the initial environmental conditions in a dental office initiated at the level of mediocre, then became very bad during dental procedures, and fell between mediocre and very bad at the end of the procedures.

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