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

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

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

Abstract

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.

PMID:
2681303
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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