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Revista Odonto Ciência (Online)

  ISSN 1980-6523

PEREIRA, Érica Rodrigues; NABESHIMA, Cleber Keiti    MACHADO, Manoel Eduardo de Lima. Analysis of contamination of endodontic absorbent paper points. Rev. odonto ciênc. (Online) []. 2011, 26, 1, pp. 56-60. ISSN 1980-6523.

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the contamination status of endodontic absorbent paper points from sterilized or not sterilized commercial packs, as well as paper points exposed to the dental office environment. METHODS: Twenty absorbent paper points were evaluated for contamination status packed under different conditions: commercial/sterilized pack, commercial/non-sterilized pack, exposed to the clinical environment, and intentionally contaminated (positive control). Contamination was determined qualitatively and quantitatively by aerobiosis, capnophilic growth, and pour plate. The Petri dishes were analyzed with a colony counter, and the results were expressed as colony-forming units. The data were analyzed by Kruskal-Wallis test (α=0.05). RESULTS: No difference in colony-forming units was found among the groups of endodontic absorbent paper points. All groups were contaminated by fungi and bacteria. CONCLUSION: It can be concluded that the sterilization of absorbent endodontic paper points before clinical use should be recommended regardless of commercial presentation

: Contamination; endodontics; sterilization.

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