Utilisation of personal protective equipment in dental practice

Ozturk M., Ozec I., Sivas E.

INTERNATIONAL DENTAL JOURNAL, vol.53, no.4, pp.216-219, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Page Numbers: pp.216-219


Objective: To investigate personal protective equipment such as gloves, mask and protective eye wear used in dental practice in Turkey. Design: An e-mail based self-report questionnaire was sent to dentists during 2002. Participants: Dentists in Turkey. Results: 574 dentists aged 22-69 years responded. Thirty-six questionnaires were not included in the results. The results of the present study indicate that a high proportion of younger dentist respondents are using personal protective equipment in accordance with guidelines. More dentists use personal protective equipment for high-risk patients. The percentage of dentists using protective eyewear was low considering the general recommendations. Conclusion: The present study indicated that gloves and masks are used by a high proportion of the respondents. Further education may be appropriate in protective eyewear.