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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 38-43

Dental Awareness and Attitudes of Medical Practitioners of Davangere City, Karnataka

1 Department of Community Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, K.arnataka-577 004, India
2 Department of Community Dentistry, Vishnu Dental College & Hospital, Bhimavaram-534202, India
3 Professor and Head, Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, College of Dental Sciences, Davangere, Karnataka-577 004, India

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Background: There have been relatively few investigations regarding dental awareness and attitudes among medical practitioners. Several studies shows that deficient knowledge about dentistry in medical practitioners. Objective: To assess the dental knowledge and attitudes of different medical practitioners in Davangere city, Kamataka. Methodology: Cross sectional study was conducted on a sample consisting of 300 medical practitioners. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data regarding the dental awareness and attitudes. Results: 100% of P.G. diploma and super specialized and only 52% of MBBS qualified doctors responded that brushing with fluoride tooth paste prevents dental caries. 100% of P.G. diploma and super specialized qualified doctors and only 76.4% of doctors qualified with MBBS are aware of life threatening diseases. Conclusion: Dental awareness and attitudes was found to be satisfactory among P.G. degree, P.G. diploma and super specialized qualified doctors when compared to the MBBS degree doctors who are practicing in Davangere city Kamataka.

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