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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 396-401

Avulsed permanent incisor: Knowledge and attitudes of school teachers towards early management of dental injuries among school children in Davangere

Reader, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, M.S. Ramesh Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, India

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Introduction: Dental injuries are common in childhood. The combination of curiosity, immature motor skills, and lack of judgment renders school children particularly susceptible to falling. It is accepted within the dental profession that avulsed permanent incisors in children should be replanted if possible. The prognosis for replantation of avulsed incisor teeth largely depends on the knowledge and early emergency management. So the study aimed to assess knowledge and attitudes of school teachers prior to the child's initial contact with oral health care system. Materials and Methods: A total of 207 available school teachers constituted the study population. A 14 item, multiple choice, close ended questionnaires was used to assess the knowledge. Results: Majority of school teachers were unsatisfied with their knowledge which they self assessed as poor. Over 94% schoolteachers were unaware of emergency treatment available for dental injuries. Conclusions: From the present study, it appeared that oral health educational programmes would be necessary to improve school teacher's lack of awareness for the early management of traumatized avulsed teeth including storage media, critical timing for replantation of avulsed teeth, early referrals and other precautionary measures.

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