Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-MSNS-00002160
Title: Microbial contamination of dental care clothing - a quantitative study
Category: Microbiological Study (on Natural/ Synthetic drug)
Section: Research Article
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    Objective: Scrubs and white coats are worn by health-care professionals in clinical environment as a part of personal protective equipment. Scrubs, white coats, and uniforms of dental personnel are spattered by saliva, aerosols, and blood, and there is definite risk of infection through various transmissible pathogens. The main aim of this study was to determine the level of bacterial contamination presents on disposable surgical dental care clothing worn over scrubs of dental students to assess the risk of spread of nosocomial infection in our dental institution. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted among postgraduate dental students who performed various dental procedures including extraction and minor oral surgical procedures such as impaction, transalveolar extractions, and alveoloplasty in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery. A total of 45 participants who were treated in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery were included in the study. Several samples were collected from different regions of disposable surgical dental care clothing of the students and sent for microbiological analysis. Results: Bacterial colony counts were greater in cultures obtained from the sleeve cuffs of the surgical dental care clothing compared with the neck region (collar region). Bacterial colony counts cultured following alveoloplasty procedure were greater in number when compared to transalveolar extraction procedure. Conclusion: From our study, it is concluded that disposable dental care clothing is highly contaminated with pathogenic bacteria and the results of the study strictly mandate the use of personal protective surgical dental care clothing before minor surgical procedures to prevent cross infection in the dental clinic.

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    K. Janani, M. P. Santhosh Kumar*

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    Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai – 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

    *Corresponding author: Dr. M. P. Santhosh Kumar, Saveetha University, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Velappanchavadi, Chennai – 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    K. Janani, M. P. Santhosh Kumar*

    Title:Microbial contamination of dental care clothing - a quantitative study
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (April)
    Page No: (421-425)
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    Methodology:Health-care professionals, Microbiology, Nosocomial infection, Surgical dental care clothing
    Research Materials:Bacterial colony,


Bacterial colony Health-care professionals Microbiology Nosocomial infection Surgical dental care clothing

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