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The Correlation Between Symptoms, Frequent Use of Dental Polymers, and Evaluation of Health Risk
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
1998 (English)In: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, ISSN 1080-3548, E-ISSN 2376-9130, Vol. 4, no 4, p. 411-421Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Dental personnel are at risk as they manually handle polymer products containing monomers and additives that cause irritation and induce allergy. Gloves and face masks can be easily penetrated by monomers. A total of 587 dental personnel and a referent group (585) in the 2 most northern regions of Sweden were included in a questionnaire study (response rate 76%). Questions were asked regarding symptoms of atopy, asthma, conjunctivitis, atopic dermatitis, hand dermatitis, and hay fever/rhinitis. The dental personnel were asked to give the name of polymer products used in their practice and the frequency of use. They were also asked to risk evaluate 5 different types of polymer materials on a scale from 1 to 5. Analysis was done to find if the occurrence of a symptom was associated with a high risk evaluation of a polymer material, or with frequent use of a certain polymer product. Significantly more dentists reported symptoms of atopic dermatitis and conjunctivitis compared to referents and chair assistants. Results show that dental personnel with symptoms risk evaluated most materials significantly higher than dental personnel without symptoms. Further, the occurrence of some symptoms was associated with frequent use of 8 polymer products.

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1998. Vol. 4, no 4, p. 411-421
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-15263Local ID: ec37c5f0-4cd7-11dc-ac5f-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-15263DiVA, id: diva2:988237
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Godkänd; 1998; 20070817 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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