Dentists are often at a high risk of developing mesothelioma, the cancer caused by asbestos. Reports have suggested that over exposure to asbestos, which has been used in dentistry in things like casting rings for more than 80 years, makes dentists more likely to be develop mesothelioma.

Continued exposure to asbestos fibres in confined examination rooms can mean that dentists inhale a greater amount of the harmful substance unless they take precautions against it

Doctors are now urging dentists to have regular check-ups and to protect themselves against asbestos in their offices.