Occupational Dentistry in the hospital setting

  • Paulo Sérgio da Silva Santos
  • Mayti Ferreira Pinto Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo
  • João Alfredo Guimarães Neto Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo
Keywords: Occupational Dentistry, occupational health, oral health

Abstract

Purpose: To report the statistics of dental procedures and absenteeism of employees in a division of occupational medicine and health safety of a large hospital. Case description: A retrospective study of the cases recorded by the Serviço Especializado em Segurança e Medicina do Trabalho (SESMT) da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, from 1995 to 2006. The hospital has approximately 8,000 employees, who are users of SESMT. The results showed 24,056 dental appointments during the study period: pre-admittance examination (9,120 appointments), periodic routine examination (2,915 appointments), and routine appointments due to oral complaints (12,021 appointments). Conclusion: Occupational Dentistry in the hospital setting has an important role in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral alterations that may interfere in the employee quality of life, absenteeism rates, and hospital productivity. Key words: Occupational Dentistry; occupational health; oral health

Author Biographies

Paulo Sérgio da Silva Santos
Cirurgião Dentista do Serviço Especializado em Segurança e Medicina do Trabalho da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo
Mayti Ferreira Pinto, Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo
Cirurgiã Dentista do Serviço Especializado em Segurança e Medicina do Trabalho da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo
João Alfredo Guimarães Neto, Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo
Médico Gerente do Serviço Especializado em Segurança e Medicina do Trabalho da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo
Published
2008-06-22
Section
Case Report