More compliance with best practices to avoid legionella exposure among dental practitioners was a key finding presented at the International Association of Dental Research’s 94th General Session and Exhibition in Seoul, South Korea.
According to Cameron Estrich and Ruth Lipman, researchers with the American Dental Association’s Science Institute, geographical location -- rather than exposure through dentistry -- presents a greater risk to dental workers. The findings were presented in their original research, “Risk of Exposure to Legionella pneumophila for Dental Practitioners.”
Researchers further cautioned that more heed should be given to barrier protection and water line infection control, since few participants in an ADA screening program used such methods recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
Dr. Edward Lo presented “Effectiveness of Silver Diamine Fluoride in Arresting Root Caries in Different Fluoridated Areas,” a project that showed annual applications of the chemical stopped cavities whether or not the water in those areas was fluoridated.
A keynote address by Dr. Angus Walls, director of the Edinburgh Dental Institute in Scotland discussed how a high-sugar diet can overcome the preventative action of fluorides when it comes to cavity prevention.
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