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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 84-88

Perceptions Regarding Treatment by Dental Quacks and Self-Rated Oral Health Among the Residents of Bhopal City, Central India

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Narsinghbhai Patel Dental College and Hospital, Visnagar, Gujrat, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Sri Aurobindo College of Dentistry and PG Institute, Indore, M.P., India
3 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Post Graduate Student Vyas Dental College and Hospital, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
4 Department of Public Health Dentistry, People’s College of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Jabalpur, M.P., India
5 Hitkarini Dental College and Hospital, Jabalpur, M.P., India
6 RKDF Dental college and Research Centre, Bhopal, M.P., India

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DOI: 10.4103/2319-5932.201946

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Introduction: Dental quackery has become one of the most unethical practices misleading majority of the Indian population. It has become prevalent to such a grass-roots level that curbing this menace is becoming very difficult. This mockery of dental practice imparts unethical dental care to the innocent people and results in complications, which sometimes lead to death of the individual. Objectives: To estimate the prevalence of visits to dental quacks, and to describe the factors influencing these visits. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted for a period of 3 months in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Study participants were recruited from one of the satellite centres of a private dental institution. Information regarding visits to dental quacks, reasons for the visit and self-rated oral health was obtained from the participants using structured questionnaires and face-to-face interviews. The obtained data were analysed using chi-square test and logistic regression analysis. P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: Out of 314 people who visited the centre during the study period, 280 (92%) agreed to participate in the study. The prevalence of the visits to dental quacks was 42.1%. The participants who visited quacks were older and less educated. The reason for preferring a quack to a dentist was primarily because of the referrals provided by the family members and peers. The most common reason for visiting a quack was toothache (66.1%), and tooth extraction was the most common treatment received (33.8%). Conclusion: Age and level of education significantly influenced the visits to dental quacks and are the two major factors influencing such visits.

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