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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 766-770

Dentist's opinion towards treatment of pregnant patients in Guntur (A.P.)


1 Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, India
2 Head and Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, India
3 Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, India
4 P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, India

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C Madhavi Padma
Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur
India
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Introduction: The aim of this study was to survey the treatment choices that the dentists in Guntur had regarding dental care for pregnant patients. Material and Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data on management choices of the pregnant dental patient such as dental treatment practices and therapeutic choices of dentists and also their socio-demographic and practice characteristic. Results: Total of 26 questionnaires were collected. Most of the participants were general practitioners and some are attached to dental college for teaching, with 1to25 year's clinical experience and practicing in town, only 38.5% of the participants will take dental x-ray for a pregnant patient who has pain from a tooth with doubtful diagnosis or would extract a non-restorable painful tooth. Mostly all the surveyed dentists would extract a non-restorable painful tooth during pregnancy. 73.1% of the participating dentists would replace a missing molar with a fixed partial denture during pregnancy. The majority of the participants (98%) would give oral hygiene instructions, 92.3% prescribe a mouthwash and 92.3% do scaling and root planing for a pregnant patient with gingival bleeding and calculus deposits. Five antibiotic choices were surveyed; Amoxicillin, Clindamycin, Tetracycline, Metronidazole and Cephalosporines. The majority of the dentists (84.6%) would prescribe Amoxicillin to a pregnant patient. Four analgesic agents were surveyed; Paracetamole, Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Codeine. By far Paracetamole was the most popular analgesic agent (92.3%). The choice of four types of local anesthesia agents during pregnancy was surveyed. The majority of the dentists (57.7%) would use xylocaine with Adrenalin. Conclusion : This survey showed that there is a clear lack of knowledge about appropriate management of the pregnant dental patient among the surveyed dentists regardless of their socio-demographic and practice characteristics necessitating continuous education on the dental management of pregnant dental patient.


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