Volume 30, Issue 3 (9-2006)                   Research in Medicine 2006, 30(3): 231-235 | Back to browse issues page

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Abstract Background: The route of person-to–person transmission of helicobacter pylori may be either fecal–oral or oral–oral, because the bacterium is found in both dental plaque and feces. We assessed the prevalence of H. pylori, which reflects present or past infection in dental students exposed occupationally to dental plaque. Materials and methods: We examined the sera of 68 dental students and residents (24 residents and 44 students) and 69 age–matched controls by using quantitative ELISA for antibodies of IgG class to H. pylori. Results: The proportion of dental group seropositive for H. pylori was (39 of 68) 57.4%, the proportion of control group seropositive for H. pylori was (40 of 69) 58%. There was no significant difference between groups. Conclusion: We conclude that dental practice in dental students does not increase the risk of H. pylori infection.
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Received: 2007/07/24 | Published: 2006/09/15

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