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Control Measures for Hepatitis B Problems in Dentistry

  • Vernon J. Brightman
  • Robert Weibel


Infection with hepatitis B virus is a recognized occupational hazard of dentistry (1). There is considerable anecdotal evidence to support this; for example, most dentists, even if they have not been infected themselves, personally know other dentists or dental assistants who have been ill with this infection. The occupational nature of hepatitis B virus infection in dental personnel is also supported by the greater frequency of antibody to hepatitis B among dentists (and physicians) as compared with lawyers (professionals of similar socioeconomic status without occupational clinical contact), and by the gradual increase of the frequency of hepatitis B antibody in dentists (and physicians) to a maximum of about 20% over the normal span of dental and medical practice (2). Among dentists, the highest frequency of hepatitis B antibody occurs in oral surgeons and periodontists, with lower frequencies among general practitioners and pedodontists. The annual percentage increment of new infections for dentists and physicians is about 0.5, the increment for blood donors from the general population being about 0.087.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vernon J. Brightman
    • 1
  • Robert Weibel
    • 2
  1. 1.Clinical Research CenterUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Dental MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.The Joseph Stokes, Jr. Research InstituteChildren’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA

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