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Document ID (ISN)107587
CIS number 08-73
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lindbohm M.L., Ylöstalo P., Sallmén M., Henriks-Eckerman M.L., Nurminen T., Forss H., Taskinen H.
Title Occupational exposure in dentistry and miscarriage
Bibliographic information Feb. 2007, Vol.64, No.2, p.127-133. 40 ref.
Abstract The objective of this Finnish study was to investigate whether dental workers are at an increased risk of miscarriage. The study was conducted among exposed women (dentists and dental assistants) and a control group of women occupationally unexposed to dentistry materials. Data on occupational exposure were obtained using postal questionnaires. The study population included 222 cases of miscarriage and 498 normal births. An occupational hygienist assessed exposure to acrylate compounds, disinfectants and solvents. Exposure to other agents was assessed on the basis of the questionnaire data. Odds ratios and confidence intervals were estimated using conditional logistic regression. In general, no strong association or consistent dose-response relationship was observed between exposure to chemical agents in dental work and the risk of miscarriage. A slightly increased risk was found for exposure to mercury amalgam and to some acrylates, solvents and disinfectants.
Descriptors (primary) mercury and compounds; methacrylates; solvents; dental assistants; disinfectants; risk factors; women; abortion
Descriptors (secondary) Finland; hazard evaluation; statistical evaluation; questionnaire survey; case-control study; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the reproductive system
Mercury and compounds
Inorganic substances