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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2010, 11(9), 3349-3356; doi:10.3390/ijms11093349
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Microbial Contamination of Orthodontic Buccal Tubes from Manufacturers

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1 Department of General Dental Practice and Oral and Maxillofacial Imaging, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2 Division of Genetics and Molecular Biology, Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Received: 25 July 2010 / Revised: 19 August 2010 / Accepted: 10 September 2010 / Published: 16 September 2010
(This article belongs to the Section Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics)
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Abstract

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.
Keywords: Acinetobacter calcoaceticus; Micrococcus luteus; oral cavity; orthodontic buccal tubes; Staphylococcus haemolyticus; sterilization Acinetobacter calcoaceticus; Micrococcus luteus; oral cavity; orthodontic buccal tubes; Staphylococcus haemolyticus; sterilization
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Purmal, K.; Chin, S.; Pinto, J.; Yin, W.-F.; Chan, K.-G. Microbial Contamination of Orthodontic Buccal Tubes from Manufacturers. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2010, 11, 3349-3356.

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