Antimicrobial efficacy of soap and water hand washing versus an alcohol-based hand cleanser.

Ronald H. Holton, Michaell A. Huber, Geza T. Terezhalmy

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Abstract

The emergence of alcohol-based hand cleansers may represent an alternative to soap and water in the clinical dental setting. In this study, the antimicrobial efficacy of traditional hand washing vs. a unique alcohol-based hand cleanser with persistence was evaluated. Two experienced dentists participated over a 10-day period. On days 1-5, each clinician used an antibacterial liquid soap (Dial, Dial Corporation, Scottsdale, AZ). Days 6-10, an alcohol-based hand cleanser (Triseptin Water Optional, Healthpoint Surgical, Fort Worth, TX) was used. Sampling was by modified glove juice technique. The results indicate that the alcohol-based hand cleanser dramatically outperforms the traditional hand washing agent in the general dental setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1175-1180
Number of pages6
JournalTexas dental journal
Volume126
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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