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Occupational hazards in orthodontics: a review of risks and associated pathology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17826595     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this article was to review the occupational hazards related to the practice of orthodontics. A systematic approach was used to include all risks involved in an orthodontic practice. The classification of hazards was based on major sources of risks by system or tissue and by orthodontic office area (dental chair, laboratory, sterilization area, x-ray developing area). Potentially hazardous factors relate to the general practice setting; to specific materials and tools that expose the operator to vision and hearing risks; to chemical substances with known allergenic, toxic, or irritating actions; to increased microbial counts and silica particles of the aerosols produced during debonding; to ergonomic considerations that might have an impact on the provider's muscoleskeletal system; and to psychological stress with proven undesirable sequelae. The identification and elimination of these risk factors should be incorporated into a standard practice management program as an integral part of orthodontic education. Professional organizations can also assist in informing practitioners of potential hazards and methods to deal with them.
Nikolaos Pandis; Brandi D Pandis; Vasilios Pandis; Theodore Eliades
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics : official publication of the American Association of Orthodontists, its constituent societies, and the American Board of Orthodontics     Volume:  132     ISSN:  1097-6752     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop     Publication Date:  2007 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-10     Completed Date:  2007-09-25     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8610224     Medline TA:  Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  280-92     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Dental Equipment / adverse effects
Eye Injuries
Human Engineering
Infectious Disease Transmission, Patient-to-Professional
Latex Hypersensitivity
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Noise / adverse effects
Occupational Diseases*
Occupational Exposure*
Risk Factors
Stress, Psychological

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