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Determination of Selected Heavy Metal Levels in Scalp Hair and Fingernail Samples from Dental Laboratory Technicians | OMICS International | Abstract
ISSN: 2376-032X

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Research Article

Determination of Selected Heavy Metal Levels in Scalp Hair and Fingernail Samples from Dental Laboratory Technicians

Mervat A. Al-Awadeen1, Ahmad S Al-Hiyasat2*, Adnan M. Massadeh3 and Yousef S. Khader1

1Department of Public health, Community Medicine and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

2Department of Conservative Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

3Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

Corresponding Author:
Professor Ahmad S. Al-Hiyasat
Department of Conservative Dentistry Faculty of Dentistry
Jordan University of Science and Technology
Irbid, Jordan
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Received date: July 30, 2014; Accepted date: August 04, 2014; Published date: August 11, 2014

Citation: Al-Awadeen MA, Al-Hiyasat AS, Massadeh AM, Khader YS (2014) Determination of Selected Heavy Metal Levels in Scalp Hair and Fingernail Samples from Dental Laboratory Technicians. J Interdiscipl Med Dent Sci 2:138. doi:10.4172/2376-032X.1000138

Copyright: © 2014 Al-Awadeen MA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine selected heavy metal levels including cobalt (Co), Chromium (Cr) nickel (Ni) in scalp hair and fingernail samples of dental technicians. The scalp hair and fingernail samples were collected from 55 dental technicians and 25 medical technicians (control group). In the same time a questionnaire was filled by each subject of the two groups. The concentration of heavy metals (Co, Cr and Ni) in scalp hair and fingernail were determined by spectrometry. The result showed that the Co concentration in hair and nails of dental technicians was (0.74 μg/g, 6.5 μg/g respectively) compared with medical technicians (0.04 μg/g, 0.03 μg/g respectively). Ni concentration in hair and nails of dental technicians was (12.00 μg/g, 17.4 μg/g respectively) compared with medical technicians (6.3 μg/g, 6.00 μg/g respectively). Concentration of Cr in hair and nails of dental technicians was (9.37 μg/g, 10.6 μg/g respectively) compared with medical technicians (0.0 μg/g, 10.3 μg/g respectively), Ni was found to have the highest level in the hair and fingernails of dental technicians.

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