Amalgam use and waste management by Pakistani dentists: an environmental perspective
AbstractTo assess amalgam use and waste management protocols practised by Pakistani dentists, a crosssectional study was made of 239 dentists in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, recruited by convenience and cluster sampling. Amalgam was the most frequently used restorative material, with the choice dictated by patients' financial constraints. While 90.4% of dentists perceived amalgam as a health risk, only 46.4% considered it an environmental hazard. The majority disposed of amalgam waste in the trash, down the sink or as hospital waste. Very few [5.9%] had an amalgam separator installed in their dental office. Amalgam waste management protocols and mercury recycling should be introduced in Pakistan
Mumtaz, R., Khan, A. Ali, Noor, N. & Humayun, S. (2010). Amalgam use and waste management by Pakistani dentists: an environmental perspective. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117868
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (3), 334-339, 2010
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