Evaluation of infection-control practices by orthodontists in Turkey

Saglam A., Sarikaya N.

QUINTESSENCE INTERNATIONAL, vol.35, no.1, pp.61-66, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.61-66
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: No


The aim of this study was to investigate the cross-infection control procedures used by Turkish orthodontists. A questionnaire was mailed to 268 orthodontists to determine the attitude toward infection-control procedures. Responses were received from 194 orthodontists, and the reply data were analyzed. Of the 194 orthodontists who completed and returned the questionnaire, 77.3% had been vaccinated for hepatitis B, and 24.2% always wear a mask when treating their patients. While 48.5% of the respondent orthodontists always wear gloves, 4.1% never wear gloves.