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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 188-196

Knowledge, attitude and practice regarding caries risk assessment and management in Delhi - National Capital Region: A cross-sectional survey


Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, I. T. S. Dental College, Hospital and Research Centre, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Mousumi Goswami
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, I. T. S. Dental College, Hospital and Research Centre, Greater Noida - 201 306, Uttar Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2319-5932.181894

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Introduction: Evaluating a patients' risk is an essential primary step in the prevention of dental caries. Based on its results, different preventive strategies catering to patients' specific needs should be advised. Aim: To assess and compare the knowledge, attitude, and practice among dentists who are either attached with an institute or running a private practice or both in Delhi-National Capital Region regarding caries risk assessment (CRA) and management. Materials and Methods: Knowledge, attitude, and practices of dentists' regarding CRA and management were assessed through a 30-item questionnaire. Data were analyzed using SPSS software 21.5. Frequencies were used to assess the demographic information, knowledge, attitude, and risk assessment practices. Results: Dental professionals with institutional attachment were better aware of the importance of CRA and practised it more frequently as compared to the dentists who were solely attached with a private practice. This attitude could be due to lack of time and inclination to treat more number of patients in a working day. Pedodontists were more aware than other specialists. Conclusions: There is a need to update knowledge regarding CRA and incorporate preventive practices in daily work schedule among dentists of all specialties.


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