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J Conserv Dent. 2012 Jul;15(3):270-3. doi: 10.4103/0972-0707.97956.

Effect of saliva and blood contamination on the bond strength of self-etching adhesive system- An in vitro study.

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Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore, India.



The aims of this study were to determine the effect of saliva and blood contamination on the shear bond strength of self-etching adhesive to enamel and dentin; and, to compare the difference in bond strength due to contamination beforeand after application of the self-etch adhesive.


40 human mandibular molars were wet ground on both buccal and lingual surfaces to prepare flat superficial enamel and dentin surfaces. They were randomly divided into two groups (n = 40) based on the substrate (enamel and dentin). Each group was further divided into five subgroups (n = 8) based on the type of contamination it was subjected to, and the step in the bonding sequence when the contamination occurred (before or after adhesive application). Fresh saliva and fresh human blood were applied either before or after the application of Xeno III(®) self-etching adhesive system (SES). Composite resin was applied as inverted, truncated cured cones that were subjected to shear bond strength test.


One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Tukey's Honestly Significant Difference (HSD) test were used.


Statistically significant reduction in the bond strength was shown after both saliva and blood contamination before and after Xeno III(®) application (P< 0.05). Bond strength is significantly reduced after contamination with blood as compared to saliva.


When self-etching adhesive systems are used, saliva and blood contamination significantly decrease the bond strength of the adhesive to enamel and dentin of the tooth.


Blood contamination; Dentin; Enamel; Saliva contamination; Self-etching adhesive; Shear bond strength

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