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ISSN: 2332-0702

Journal of Oral Hygiene & Health
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Research Article

Occupational Hazards among Dentists: A Descriptive Study

Reddy V1*, Bennadi D2, Satish G3 and Kura U4

1Narayana Medical College, Karnataka, India

2Sree Siddhartha Dental College and Hospital, Karnataka, India

3Darshana Dental College, Karnataka, India

4Government Dental College and Research Institute, Karnataka, India

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Veera Reddy
Narayana Medical College
Karnataka, India
Tel: 9448331865
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: July 07, 2015; Accepted Date: August 28, 2015; Published Date: September 04, 2015

Citation: Reddy V, Bennadi D, Satish G, Kura U (2015) Occupational Hazards among Dentists: A Descriptive Study. J Oral Hyg Health 3:185. doi: 10.4172/2332- 0702.1000185

Copyright: © 2015 Reddy V,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.


Background: This study was conducted to assess occupational hazards among the dental surgeons of Bellary city.

Methods: Descriptive cross sectional survey was conducted using a self-administrated questionnaire.

Results: Study showed 92.4% (n=61) dentists faced with physical hazards, 13.6% (n=9) chemical hazards, 63.6% (n=42) Biological, 78.7% (n=52) psychological hazards. None of the dentists faced any litigation problems. Dentists with clinical experience less than 5 years had greater prevalence of physical hazard (93.3%, n=14/15).

Conclusion: The physical activities and body positions that predispose dentists to backaches. Continuing education programmes have to be conducted to overcome these hazards.