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SALIVA CONTAMINATION: Achieving Isolation to Avoid its Adverse Effects

Categories: Infection Control

Author(s): Christopher Canizares DMD

Date: 08-06-2019 14:54:45 pm

Despite its importance for dental health and normal digestive function, saliva can have an adverse effect on restorative materials and dental procedures. To prevent a negative outcome, care must be taken to avoid contamination by saliva. Practitioners have a number of methods for controlling saliva, and new systems and materials are currently in development. Methods for preventing saliva contamination vary widely amongst practitioners, and across specialties, for logistical reasons. Research comparing the merits of different methods can yield ambiguous results. Therefore, more research is needed.

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