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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 14  |  Page : 146-152

Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Medical practitioners in Chennai regarding prevention of Oral diseases

Department of Public Health Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College, 162 Poonamallee high road, Velappanchavadi, Chennai -77, India

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Aim: To assess Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Medical practitioners regarding prevention of oral diseases in Chennai. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted on 120 medical practitioners, who were practicing in Chennai. A personal interview with structured questionnaire was employed in the study. The questionnaire consists of structured questions related to knowledge about common oral diseases, risk factors, attitude, practice and information about prevention of oral diseases. Results: Medical practitioners are aware of all the main risk factors for dental caries, gum diseases and malocclusion. 109 (90.8%) subjects agreed that medical practitioners play an important role in the prevention of oral diseases; only 16(13.3%) subjects perform oral examination for all the patients. Among the study subjects, 12(10%) of them recommend first oral examination as soon as tooth erupts. 15(12.5%) medical practitioners provide dental health educational materials to their patients. 106(88.3%) subjects indicated that they were interested in acquiring more information on prevention of oral diseases. Conclusion: Knowledge was satisfactory, attitude was better towards prevention of oral diseases; but Practice needs improvement in providing oral preventive service to their clients.

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