Comparison of knowledge and attitude among medical postgraduates and general medical practitioner in management of tooth avulsion


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Author Details : Arya Devan*, Sundeep Hegde K, Sham S Bhat, Reshma Suvarna, Vishnu Radje

Volume : 6, Issue : 4, Year : 2020

Article Page : 299-302

https://doi.org/10.18231/j.ijohd.2020.061



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Abstract

Traumatic dental injuries are one of the commonly experienced dental emergencies. Missing anterior tooth in children due to any injury can be a source of considerable physical and psychological discomfort for the child.
Aim: To evaluate by means of self administered questionnaire the level of knowledge of medical graduates and medical postgraduates in emergency management of tooth avulsion.
Setting and Design: Questionnaire-based survey design was utilized to assess the knowledge.
Materials and Methods: A survey was conducted among 50 medical graduates and medicalpostgraduates. A questionnaire was formulated to assess the knowledge and attitude among medical graduates and medical postgraduates regarding the management of avulsed tooth. A total of 50 medical graduates and 50 medical postgraduates consented to participate in the survey.
Results: 28% 0f medical graduates and 18% of medical postgraduates prefer to wash with sterile saline and the rest prefer to do nothing. 34% of medical graduates and 20% of medical postgraduates prefer to take the broken tooth to the dentist whereas 16% of medical graduates and 32% of medical postgraduates do not know what to do. 45 medical graduates and 36% of medical postgraduates prefer to keep the tooth in correct medium whereas rest were wrong. 48% of medical graduates and medical postgraduates know that avulsed primary tooth should not be replanted.
Conclusion: The study conclude that there is need for an educational lecture to widen the knowledge of the medical graduates and medical postgraduates about the emergency management of tooth avulsion which can be achieved by adding leaflets, posters about basic first aid treatment.

Keywords: Trauma, Avulsion, Medical graduates, Medical postgraduates.


How to cite : Devan A , Sundeep Hegde K, Bhat S S , Suvarna R , Radje V , Comparison of knowledge and attitude among medical postgraduates and general medical practitioner in management of tooth avulsion. Int J Oral Health Dent 2020;6(4):299-302


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