Livia Bobu, Catalina Iulia Saveanu, Carina Balcos, Magda Barlean, Alice Murariu
The aim of the present study was to assess the compliance with protective gloves in young dental practitioners in Iasi, Romania, in correlation with their knowledge on infection control. Material and methods: Cross-sectional, questionnaire-based study included 70 subjects aged 22-28 years, attending years IV, V and VI of the Faculty of Dental Medicine within the “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi. Results: 83.33% of the respondents reported they wear protective gloves for all patients, regardless of the procedure and 65% of them change gloves after each patient. 55% of the subjects stated they wash their hands both before applying and after removing the gloves. 20% of the students said they had received full vaccination against hepatitis B and 42% of them rated the risk of hepatitis B transmission in the dental office as moderate. Conclusion: Additional training programs targeting young dental practitioners are required for a better implementation of the Universal/Standard Precautions.