Assessment of Knowledge and Attitude of Medical Practitioners Towards Pediatric Dental Care in Raichur District, Karnataka, India–A Survey
Dhanu G Rao, Shamama Sheereen, Shrutha S Prakasha, Manva M Zulfikar
Attitude, Knowledge, Medical practitioner
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Rao DG, Sheereen S, Prakasha SS, Zulfikar MM. Assessment of Knowledge and Attitude of Medical Practitioners Towards Pediatric Dental Care in Raichur District, Karnataka, India–A Survey. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2018; 11 (5):375-381.
Aim: To determine the knowledge and attitude of medical practitioners towards dental care of children in Raichur district.
Materials and methods: The present study is a crosssectional survey conducted among the medical practitioners of Raichur district. The study was conducted on 300 practitioners, randomly selected. The data pertaining to their knowledge and attitude about oral health was gathered using a self-administered questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive studies.
Results: Among the study subjects, 32.7% of the respondents could recognize the precancerous and cancerous lesions in the oral cavity. A total of 65.3% considered that dental caries is not infectious. About 52.7% of the physicians thought that scaling causes tooth sensitivity and only 22.7% knew that tooth brushing should be initiated after the eruption of the first milk tooth.
Conclusion: Medical practitioners had a moderate knowledge and attitude towards pediatric dental care.
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