Use of ATP bioluminescence to survey the spread of aerosol and splatter during dental treatments

A. Watanabe, N. Tamaki, Kenji Yokota, M. Matsuyama, Susumu Kokeguchi

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Abstract

Aerosol and splatter produced during dental treatments (ultrasonic scaling and professional mechanical tooth cleaning) are potential sources of infection. Contamination patterns on the mask, goggles, chest and gowned right arm of operators, and on the goggles of patients before and after dental treatments were investigated using ATP bioluminescence analysis. Contamination on every surface tested increased significantly after dental treatment. Maximum contamination was found on the goggles of patients. Aerosol and splatter produced during dental treatments therefore have the potential to spread infection to operators and patients. ATP bioluminescence is a useful tool for monitoring surface contamination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-305
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume99
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2018

Keywords

  • Aerosol
  • ATP bioluminescence
  • Bacterial contamination
  • Dental treatment
  • Infection control
  • Splatter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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