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Title: Air particulate concentration during orthodontic procedures: a pilot study.
Issue Date: 21-Jul-2021
Citation: BMC Oral Health.2021;(21)1:361
Abstract: This study evaluates the particle dispersion involved in dental procedures carried out during orthodontic treatments. Variants such as temperature and relative humidity in the dental cabinet were considered. Using a particle counter, a pilot study was conducted, in which 98 consecutive recordings were made during appointments of patients undergoing orthodontic treatments. Temperature, relative humidity and particles present at the beginning (AR) and during the appointment (BR) were recorded. A control record (CR) of temperature, relative humidity and particles present was made before the start of the clinical activity. In addition to conventional statistics, differential descriptive procedures were used to analyse results, and the influence of relative humidity on particle concentration was analysed by statistical modelling with regression equations. The number of particles present, regardless of their size, was much higher in AR than in CR (p  The limitations are associated with sample size, environmental conditions of the room and lack of discrimination among the procedures performed. This pilot study shows that from the moment a patient enters a dental office, a large number of additional particles are generated. During treatment, the number of particles of 0.3 microns-which have a high capacity to penetrate the respiratory tract-increases. Moreover, a relationship between relative humidity and particle formation is observed. Further studies are needed.
PMID: 34289851
Rights: openAccess
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