Send to

Choose Destination
ASDC J Dent Child. 1989 Nov-Dec;56(6):442-4.

The efficacy of rubber dam isolation in reducing atmospheric bacterial contamination.

Author information

Department of Oral Medicine & Pathology, University of Glasgow Dental Hospital & School.


A study was made to ascertain the efficacy of rubber dam isolation in controlling atmospheric bacterial contamination, when conservative pedodontic procedures are performed. There was a highly significant (p less than 0.001) reduction in bacterial contamination of the atmosphere, perioperatively, when rubber dam isolation was used. As the reduction in bacterial aerosols was greatest at 1 m from the headrest, the use of rubber dam would minimize significantly the inhalation of infective aerosols by dental personnel.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center