KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND BEHAVIOUR TOWARDS PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY AMONG DENTAL PRACTITIONERS

Author(s): A Shamaa Anjum, Arthi Balasubramaniam, Sudharrshiny S

 

BACKGROUND: Preventive dentistry may be considered to be the summation of all efforts to prevent dental diseases, disorders or to prevent the sequelae of an individual dental diseases and disorders. These efforts include primary prevention which refers to any measures applied in pre pathogenesis period before a preventable disease or disorder appears. Thus, this study aimed to assess the knowledge, attitude and behaviour towards preventive dentistry among dental practitioners.

 

MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 200 dental practitioners. A pre-validated questionnaire containing 15 questions was sent to 200 dental practitioners of different specialities through google forms. Collected data was analyzed using SPSS version 23.0

 

RESULTS: Majority (48%) of the dental practitioners feel that the lack of will to change is the most challenging part in implementation of oral health among the public while few of them felt social factors (32%) and lack of education (20%) might be the cause. It is evident that females had better knowledge and practice of preventive dentistry than males. Males and females had the same amount of attitude about preventive dentistry. There was no significant association of gender and attitude towards preventive dentistry (P>0.05).

CONCLUSION: The current study shows that most of the dental practitioners who took part in the survey had considerable knowledge on preventive dentistry and also practiced it on a day to day basis. Understanding the root cause for the lack of knowledge of patients would help the dentists to impart knowledge properly to the patients


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