Microbial contamination of orthodontic buccal tubes from manufacturers.

Purmal, K.; Chin, S.; Pinto, J.; Yin, W.; Chan, K. (2010) Microbial contamination of orthodontic buccal tubes from manufacturers. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 11 (9). pp. 3349-56. ISSN 1661-6596

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This study aimed to test the sterility of new unused orthodontic buccal tubes received from manufacturers. Four different types of buccal tubes were used straight from the manufactures package without any additional sterilizing step. Of these buccal tubes tested, three genera of bacteria, implicated as opportunistic pathogens, namely Micrococcus luteus, Staphylococcus haemolyticus and Acinetobacter calcoaceticus were recovered from these buccal tubes. Our data showing microbial contamination on buccal tubes highlights the need of sterilization before clinical use. We also suggest that manufacturers should list the sterility state of orthodontic buccal tubes on their packaging or instructions stating the need for sterilization.

Item Type: Article
  1. Purmal, K.
  2. Chin, S.
  3. Pinto, J.
  4. Yin, W.
  5. Chan, K.
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Additional Information: Department of General Dental Practice and Oral and Maxillofacial Imaging, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; E-Mail: drkathi@um.edu.my
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acinetobacter calcoaceticus; Micrococcus luteus
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of General Dental Practice And Oral & Maxillofacial Imaging
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 20 May 2011 10:16
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2017 13:45
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/1298

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