Awareness About Disposal of Dental Biomedical Waste Among Dentists

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Shunmugam Kumar Mangal. C, Dhanraj Ganapathy



Proper disposal of hazardous waste is an important part of maintaining a clean personal work environment and also helps in providing a hygienic and better quality of treatment to the patient. It is also essential to keep our surroundings free from biomedical waste so as to reduce infection in the community. Hence the main aim of the study is to assess the knowledge about dental waste disposal among dental practitioners.

Materials and Methods

A cross-sectional study was conducted in 100 private dental practitioners selected by simple random sampling using a close-ended questionnaire.


Out of the 105 dental practitioners that took part in this survey 46.4% belonged to those with less than 5 years of experience, 18.8% belong to 5-10 years of experience, 34.8% belonged to those with greater than 10 years of experience. 44.9% are aware of the right disposal of anatomical waste. 46.4% are aware of how to dispose sharps and glass. 75.4% of the participants know how to segregate biomedical waste.

Conclusion: The awareness of waste segregation and disposal of biomedical waste is very high among the participants but it’s still not complete unless every dentist should practice and follow

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