Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2015, vol. 21, issue 4
Subject Area: Dentistry
Pages: 995-999
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2015214.995
Published online: 15 December 2015

J of IMAB 2015 Oct-Dec;21(4):995-999
Miglena Balcheva Corresponding Autor, Vladimir E. Panov, Christiana Madjova, Genoveva Balcheva
Department of Conservative dentistry and oral pathology, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University-Varna, Bulgaria.

Introduction: The syllabi of many dental subjects include topics about infectious diseases. Students are informed about their symptoms, transmission routes, prevention and treatment. Great attention is paid also on the necessity of full medical history, appropriate disinfection and sterilization protocols and the use of personal protective means.
Purpose: We aim to determine to what extent dental students and dentists evaluate the risk of infectious diseases and protect themselves and their patients.
Participants and methods: Dental students in their fourth, fifth and sixth year, and dentists fill an anonymous questionnaire about the protection means they apply - types and frequency of usage. They are asked if they are vaccinated against HBV and if they are informed about their patients’ infections, as well.
Results: 94 dental students and dentists from Varna have filled the questionnaire. All of them use different protection means in their everyday clinical practice and most of them are HBV vaccinated. Conclusions: It is absolutely necessary to protect ourselves and the health of our patients. The adequate academic training of dental students implies future responsible work.

Key words: infectious diseases, dentistry, protection, infection control,

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Balcheva M, Panov VE, Madjova Ch, Balcheva G. Occupational infectious risk in dentistry - awareness and protection. J of IMAB. 2015 Oct-Dec;21(4):995-999. doi:

Correspondence to: Miglena Balcheva, DMD, PhD, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Oral Pathology, FDM, Medical University of Varna; 84, Tsar Osvoboditel Boul., off. 623; 9000 Varna, Bulgaria; E-mail:

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Received: 16 October 2015
Published online: 15 December 2015

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