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Knowledge and Attitude of General and Specialist Dentist in Pediatric Dentistry - A Pilot Study in Odisha, India


Sonu Acharya*

Pediatric dentists treat children in a manner that builds a positive dental attitude in them. The treatment modalities for pulpally involved teeth in children are different by general dentists (GD) as compared to pediatric dentists (PD). Aim and Objectives: The aim of this study is to find out the knowledge and attitudes of general dentists and also pediatric dentists towards pediatric dental patients. Materials and Methods: A structured questionnaire was made in English and distributed to PD, GD’s, and dentist of other specialties. The filled questionnaire survey was statistically analyzed. Results: Out of the 58 survey respondents, 48.27% were BDS (GD’s), 13.79%, and 37.93% were MDS (other than PD). About 91.6% of the total respondents preferred endodontic procedures in primary teeth. Conclusion: The study concluded that the general dentists, pediatric dentists, and dentists of other specialty differ in their treatment opinions for primary teeth. The general dentists and dentist of other specialty were more regularly performing pulp therapy in primary teeth but should update their knowledge about endodontic procedures in primary teeth regularly.

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