Occupational Diseases of the Oral Mucosa

  • L. Kanerva

Abstract

Occupational diseases of the mucosa are relatively uncommon. They can be divided into acute and chronic diseases (Bork et al. 1993). The acute diseases are usually accidental, e.g., chemical burns in laboratory workers when they pipette strong acids or bases. Caustic fumes or burning gases may cause more widespread lesions, including lesions of the oral mucosa. Cooks and housewives may burn their mouths when tasting hot foods. Infectious diseases may affect the oral mucosa in the work of, for example, veterinarians, butchers, ranchers, shepherds and farmers. Diseases such as orf, anthrax, and brucellosis may be occupationally transmitted. In medical and dental personnel, occupational herpes has been reported.

Keywords

Dust Mercury Cadmium Arsenic Explosive 

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