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Document ID (ISN)111835
CIS number 11-0493
ISSN - Serial title Prevent Focus
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Title Work-related tooth problems
Original title Mal de dents lié au travail [in French]
Bibliographic information May 2011, p.16-18. Illus.1 ref.
Abstract Workers in industrial bakeries as well as in the biscuit, chocolate and sweets industries are exposed to the risk of tooth cavities caused by airborne sugar dust. In the chemical and metal coating industries, workers risk tooth erosion from exposure to acid fumes and aerosols. In Belgium, these problems are considered occupational diseases warranting compensation. This article summarizes the main occupational hazards to teeth, together with the preventive measures to be implemented by employers (limitation of airborne sugar and acids by means of ventilation and good work practices, health programmes aimed at promoting workers' dental hygiene).
Descriptors (primary) sugar; airborne dust; aerosols; acids; dental erosion; dental caries
Descriptors (secondary) electroplating; compensation of occupational diseases; bakery products industry; chocolate and confectionery industry; chemical industry
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Mouth and teeth diseases
Workplace health promotion