Dentists are at high risk of contracting diseases through microorganisms contained in saliva and blood when performing dental treatment. One of the dental procedures that has the potential for cross-infection is jaw molding. Jaw molding activities are widely required for dentures and braces treatment.
A study says that 67% of the materials sent by dentists to the dental laboratory are contaminated by pathogenic microorganisms. To solve the problem of cross-infection between patients and dental practitioners, it is necessary to disinfect the molding materials before sending them to the dental laboratory.
However, many disinfectant solutions on the market today are only chemical-based disinfectants that smell strong, can irritate the skin and eyes, and change the dimensions of the jaw mold. This problem prompted a young Hasanuddin University team led by Nur Khaeratil Izza and her teammates Aqiilah Abda, Andi Rifka Rahmayanti, Athaullah Akmal Fawwaz, and Amaliah Zhalzabilah to utilize Rosella flowers as a dental disinfectant for patient jaw molds.
This disinfectant is named Dharosdent. The advantages of Dharosdent are that it is a disinfectant made from Rosella flower extract herbal ingredients that effectively kills pathogenic microorganisms of the oral cavity (Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans), does not irritate the eyes and skin, smells fresh, does not change the dimensions of the jaw molds, and is packaged in a practical spray bottle.
The first batch of this product has been successfully sold in a short time, this shows that there is great potential for Dharosdent to be sold in the market. Product development will continue to be carried out so that it becomes a solution in preventing cross-infection.
Socialization activities in order to introduce Dharosdent products were carried out at the seminar of the Indonesian Prosthodontist Association (IPROSI) at the Claro Hotel and Car Free day on Jalan Boulevard, Makassar.