Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis mostly targets dental professionals, as health officials have been trying to find out why more dentists are killed after diagnosed with the weird patterns in the lung disease cases, according to the latest report disclosed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report has been made based on the analysis of patients from the Virginia care center that discovered a higher occurrence of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) mostly among dentist. The researchers have been studying about 900 patients since around a couple of decades, from which they found one dental technician and eight dentists to be diagnosed with the IPF, while seven of the patients were died already.


CDC stated that, “A questionnaire was administered to one of the living patients, who reported polishing dental appliances and preparing amalgams and impressions without respiratory protection. Substances used during these tasks contained…known or potential respiratory toxicity. Although no clear etiologies for this cluster exist, occupational exposures possibly contributed.”

National Institute of Health described the pulmonary fibrosis as it is a condition when the lung tissue gets disfigured. Then the thickened lung tissue faces difficulties in ingesting oxygen into blood vessels and relieves the crucial organs such as heart and brain.

Chief Policy Officer at the Pediatric Oral Health & Research Center of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Paul Casamassimo is not surprised after knowing the report. he said in a statement that, “We do work with materials and with human bioproducts that are potentially damaging to our bodies if we inhale them.”