Turkey dentists take all necessary measures to ensure that their dental patients do not get infected. But it is extremely important that you also inform your doctor in Turkey correctly, provide information if you have an infectious disease.

In recent weeks, one of our readers complained that the doctor did not want to treat him because he carried the hepatitis B virus. First of all, it is necessary to congratulate the patient who is a carrier of hepatitis B, because he is honest.

In the early 90s, concerns arose that dental examinations could lead to the transmission of the hepatitis B virus. However, dentistry has taken the necessary and adequate measures in this regard, and there is no situation that requires concern. The emergence of AIDS and HIV did not catch dentists off guard. It is a general rule of medicine that there is complete trust and Decency between the dentist and his patient. It is essential that the dentist knows the general state of health of his patient. Because an intervention in the mouth can also affect other organs of the body.

The dentist can find the disease

There are about 200 mouth-related symptoms of the disease. Sometimes a dentist can reveal a health problem that other doctors have not yet noticed. For example, abundant and frequent bleeding of the gums may be a consequence of leukemia. The smell of acetone in the mouth is a sign of high sugar. The dentist can also catch the first signs of many diseases. In addition, the dentist also addresses the effects of certain diseases on the mouth. This is especially the case with AIDS. The dentist will definitely tell his patient about such signs. The situation is very pronounced, especially in AIDS. 95 percent of AIDS patients have oral problems caused by HIV infection.

Let’s remind you once again that AIDS is not transmitted by normal daily contacts. Shaking hands, sharing food, using the same fork knife is not a cause of transmission. In order to transmit HIV, blood or certain tissues must have direct contact with HIV-infected blood, sperm, fertilized egg secretions, or breast milk. The most obvious ways of transmission are sexual intercourse, joint use of syringes, and blood transfusion.

It comes into contact with the patient’s blood

A single case in the United States has once again highlighted the importance of this issue by bringing all the media to their feet. At the heart of the incident lies the question of whether a dentist has the right not to admit an HIV-positive patient. A US dentist had infected several of his patients with HIV. But there is no repetition of such an event.

From the research carried out, it has been understood that the infection is not caused by the tools used by the dentist.

It is true that a dentist can get a virus from his patient. Because dentistry is open to cuts and scratches so that a person with HIV can get blood or secretions into their body. But this is only technically true, because due to the simple measures taken, no such cases have been observed to date. Then we can’t look at this as a potential transmission route.

Dentists in Turkey sterilize the instruments they use for treatment with great care. Because these are instruments that penetrate into human tissues and are in contact with the patient’s blood. Against this obvious danger, physicians, of course, have made it a habit that it is impossible to forget or neglect to take the necessary measures.

Before the days when the hepatitis B virus became widespread, dentists were taking the necessary precautions. They wore gloves, mouth masks, glasses and used aprons during their studies. Not sterilizing a fork in a restaurant does not pose much of a danger. But all instruments, including dental mirrors used by dentists, are sterilized.

High pressure steam

The most common and effective method of sterilization is the high-pressure steam method. This method will destroy all microorganisms, including the most resistant bacterial spores. There are many ways of effective sterilization. This is a high-pressure chemical steam sterilization method. The most important advantage is that it does not spoil the sharp ends and does not allow them to rust. But since chemical vapor is highly toxic, its use requires the fulfillment of a number of special conditions.

First of all, the tools are cut off the hand and put in a cassette so that it does not cause infection. This cassette is cleaned by ultrasound without touching it, dried, put in a dry hot and high pressure steam oven. This process takes 30-35 minutes. New and smaller vacuum ones have been produced, the duration of which is only six minutes. This eliminates the need for the dentist for a short time to purchase several sets of rather expensive tools.

It is quite a laborious task

The sterilization process in a dental higher school with hundreds of students is a rather laborious task. Cassettes pass through a series of closed chambers.

First it is washed, then the washing work is repeated. In the third chamber, it is cleaned with ultrasound so that the ultrasound waves penetrate into the finest cracks and scratches. In the last place, the tools are shaken and dried at the very end. When the washing process is completed, the cassettes are packed between the cottons and a pressurized steam sterilizer called an autoclave is also Decontaminated from germs. Only after that it becomes ready for reuse.

Disposable material reduces the risk

Hospital infections are at the most important problems of modern medicine. Nosocomial infection occurs in 5-15 percent of patients who go to hospitals and clinics, and this leads to dangerous consequences. Gloves, masks, glasses, patient aprons, injectors, measuring spoons used during treatment are for single use. The fact that these materials are disposable minimizes the risk of infection transmission.

The dentist always works with prejudice

Some patients may not provide additional information about their general health status. In addition, some patients may also be unaware of some of their diseases because symptoms have not yet appeared. For these reasons, the dentist acts with the prejudice that his patient has an infectious disease. In fact, the dentist in Turkey already has information about the general state of health of many of his patients. But it is right not to abandon prudence instead of relying on this information.


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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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