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Bennadi D.,Sree Siddhartha Dental College and Hospital | Kashinath K.R.,Sree Siddhartha Dental College and Hospital | Kshetrimayum N.,General Hospital | Reddy V.,West Health Institute
Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences | Year: 2014

Professional Hazards are becoming an impending health problem in various specialties and dentists are no exception because of the nature of the stressful work they perform. Dentists are constantly exposed to a number of specific occupational hazards, which develop and intensify with years. Relying on relevant literature, the present paper discusses occupational hazards in the following categories like physical, chemical, biological, psychological and legal hazards. Awareness regarding these occupational hazards and implementation of preventive strategies can provide a safe working environment for all the dental personnel. There is also a need for continuing dental education programs in dentistry so that dentists can update themselves with the latest and newer techniques and materials.

Sibyl S.,SRM University | Bennadi D.,Sree Siddhartha Dental College and Hospital | Kshetrimayum N.,West Health Institute
Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences | Year: 2014

The concept of Quarantine dates back to A.D.549 during the time of the Epidemics of bubonic plague and recently it was used in the Influenza A(H1N1) pandemic in 2009. Quarantine and other public health practices provide effective and valuable ways to control communicable disease outbreaks and public anxiety. It is done when someone has been exposed to a contagious disease and it is not yet known if they have caught it, they may be quarantined or separated from others who have not been exposed to the disease, disease spread cannot be prevented by other means, such as by post-exposure prophylaxis (e.g., SARS) and or when exposed individuals refuse other disease prevention means, such as vaccination (e.g., smallpox).With the emerging new challenges posed in the twenty-first century by the increasing risk for the emergence and rapid spread of infectious diseases, quarantine and other public health tools remain central to public health preparedness. But these measures, by their nature, require vigilant attention to avoid causing prejudice and intolerance. In the face of a dramatic health crisis, individual rights have often been trampled in the name of public good. The use of segregation or isolation to separate persons suspected of being infected has frequently violated the liberty of outwardly healthy persons, most often from lower classes, and ethnic and marginalized minority groups have been stigmatized and have faced discrimination.

PubMed | Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara Dental College and Hospital, West Health Institute, General Hospital, Sri Ramaswamy Memorial Dental College and Hospital and 2 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry | Year: 2014

To determine the oral health related behavior, knowledge, attitudes, and practices of pre-university students of Mysore city.A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among 1000 pre-university students of Mysore city.Statistical tests such as percentage distribution and Chi-square were used. P values <0.05 were considered statistically significant. Most of the students (88%, n = 880) knew that dental health reflects on the general health. Eighty-nine percent (n = 890) of students were aware that sweets and sticky food cause dental decay. Majority of the students (90%, n = 900) agreed that they visited dentist only when they had pain and cleaned their teeth once daily using toothbrush and tooth paste in vertical and horizontal motion.The study showed that the students had good knowledge about the basic oral health measures necessary to maintain proper oral health, but their attitude and practices toward oral health was relatively poor.

Bennadi D.,Sree Siddhartha Dental College and Hospital | Konekeri V.,Navodaya Dental College and Hospital
Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences | Year: 2015

Quackery is a derogatory term used to describe the fraudulent misinterpretation of the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Quackery is prevalent in dentistry due to lack of awareness about dentistry, high charges or unequal distribution of dentists. A quack could be a self styled expert, making himself out to be the director or president of an important sounding scientific society. But the quack differs from the ethical practitioner in that the quack's basic tools are incompetence and fraud. Many quacks are practicing on roadside as denturists and making money by fixing artificial teeth or extracted teeth as such on edentulous sites. It is high time for the dentists to tackle quackery both for the health of patients and save this prestigious profession.

PubMed | Sree Siddhartha Dental College and Hospital
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology | Year: 2013

Concrescence is a developmental anomaly of dental hard tissues. It is a condition showing union of adjacent teeth by cementum. The concrescence leads to a loss of gingival architecture leading to the development of funnels, which may cause plaque accumulation thus, resulting in periodontal tissue destruction. There is a slight predilection for the mandible especially in the premolar area followed by the molar and anterior regions. Awareness of these developmental disturbances with proper diagnosis and treatment is very essential because it can compromise the periodontal attachment and can lead to the tooth loss. This article highlights the presence of a concrescence between mandibular second molar and the supernumerary fused teeth with their clinical and radiographic findings, along with its management.

PubMed | Sree Siddhartha Dental College and Hospital
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Oral health and dental management | Year: 2014

The transmission of blood borne virus in health care workers is a potential occupational hazard to patients as well as to the Oral Health Care Personnel (OHCP). Hepatitis B remains a serious threat to dental team.To assess the vaccination status and post vaccination antibody status of oral health care personnel against Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection. Descriptive Cross-sectional questionnaire study was conducted among the oral health care personnel of Mysore city.Out of 300 oral health care personnel 256 (85.4%) were vaccinated for HBV infection and 44 (14.6%) had not taken vaccination. Highest frequency of vaccination was seen among dentists and least amongst dental lab technicians and other workers. This difference was highly significant among the different occupation groups (p= 0.001).Majority of the OHCP of Mysore city have been vaccinated. Among them, dentists formed the majority group of vaccinated. But there was ignorance and less awareness regarding Hepatitis B vaccination among dental lab technicians and other workers like dental assistants and cleaning staff. Awareness amongst OHCPS against Hepatitis B vaccination has increased significantly over the years, but there are few who do not intend to get vaccinated.

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