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The Occurrence Of Delayed Adverse Health Effects In Dental Personnel After Exposure To Mercury

Hilt B1,2*, Sletvold H3 and Svendsen K4

1Department of Occupational Medicine, St. Olav University Hospital in Trondheim, Norway

2Department of Public Health and General Practice, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

3Private Practice, Trondheim, Norway

4Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

*Corresponding Author:
Prof. Bjørn Hilt
Department of Occupational Medicine
St. Olav University Hospital Trondheim
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Received date : January 24, 2014; Accepted date : March 11, 2014; Published date : March 13, 2014

Citation: Hilt B, Sletvold H, Svendsen K (2014) The Occurrence of Delayed Adverse Health Effects in Dental Personnel after Exposure to Mercury. Dentistry 4:220. doi: 10.4172/2161-1122.1000220

Copyright: © 2014 Hilt B, 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.


This paper gives some background information and sums up the results from research on possible late health effects in dental personnel after their occupational exposure to mercury from handling dental amalgam. We assessed that 0.5-2.8% of female dental assistants had possible delayed health injuries which mainly affected cognitive functions as a result of their occupational exposure to metallic mercury. Similar findings were not observed in dentists. When we followed all birth deliveries of 5,493 dental personnel compared to all other births in Norway from 1967 to 2006 in the National Birth Registry of Norway, we found no increase in the occurrence of malformations or other reproductive abnormalities in the dental personnel.


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