Volume 7 Issue 10 (October, 2019)

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Awareness of Dental Health Care Waste Management among Dentists- A Cross Sectional Study
Priyaranjan, Harneet Singh Mago, Aiswarya Mishra, Shalini Pandey

Background: The present study was conducted to determine awareness of dental health care waste management among dentists. Materials & Methods: The present study was conducted on 580 private practitioners of both genders. A self-administered questionnaire was designed to record type of practice, years of practice, additional training, knowledge and practices on hazardous dental waste and knowledge and practice of safety measures against cross-infection. Results: Out of 580 subjects, males were 320 and females were 260. Amalgam disposal method is under water (35%), sewage (17%), under sodium thiosulfate (8%), under developer (5%), general waste (15%) and did not know (20%). Pathological waste be incinerated (52%), burn (5%), disinfect (4%), bury (3%) and in general waste container (36%). The difference was significant (P< 0.05). Drugs were to be incinerated (54%), burn (12%), put in general waste (11%), bury (6%), back to pharmacy (9%), did not know (8%). Developer and fixer to be drain separately (63%), both mixed and drain (25%), and Silver collected from fixer and stored in separate container but developer flushed in drain (12%). The difference was significant (P< 0.05). Conclusion: Authors found that dentists had good knowledge and practice about dental waste management. Key words: Dental material, knowledge, Practice.

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