|Document ID (ISN)||76711|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1080-3548 - International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
|Convention or series no.
||L÷nnroth E.C., Shahnavaz H.
||The correlation between symptoms, frequent use of dental polymers, and evaluation of health risk
||1998, Vol.4, No.4, p.411-422. Illus. 22 ref.
||Dental personnel are at risk when they manually handle polymer products containing monomers and additives that may cause irritation or induce allergy. Gloves and face masks can be easily penetrated by monomers. 587 dental personnel and a referent group of 585 persons in Sweden were given a questionnaire regarding symptoms of atopy, asthma, conjunctivitis, atopic dermatitis, hand dermatitis and hay fever/rhinitis. The dental personnel were asked to name the polymer products used in their practice and the frequency of their use, and to evaluate the risk of 5 different types of polymer materials on a scale from 1 to 5. Significantly more dentists reported symptoms of atopic dermatitis and conjunctivitis than did controls and dental assistants. Results show that dental personnel with symptoms evaluated most materials at significantly higher risk than dental personnel without symptoms. Furthermore, the occurrence of some symptoms was associated with frequent use of 8 polymer products.
||methacrylates; health hazards; dental services; symptoms
||subjective assessment; questionnaire survey; hazard evaluation; Sweden
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Sweden|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
Health care services