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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 71-75

Knowledge, opinion, values, and practice of sealant use among dental practitioners in Bangalore city


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Yenepoya Dental College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Yenepoya Dental College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Government Dental College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Imran Pasha Mohammed
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Yenepoya Dental College, Mangalore - 575 018, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jiaphd.jiaphd_82_20

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Introduction: Recent Cochrane review has recommended sealants in preventing occlusal caries in children and adolescents but its use in clinical practice is still underutilized all over the world. Aim: The aim was to assess knowledge, opinion, values, and practice among dental practitioners in Bangalore city. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted with a convenience sampling of 312 general dental practitioners (GDP) in Bangalore city. The data was collected using an anonymous, self-reporting 5-point Likert-scaled questionnaire by Martin et al., and analyzed using SPSS version 21 and ANOVA and t-test was utilized for analyzing the results P < 0.05 was regarded as significant. Results: Effectiveness of fissure sealants is supported by strong scientific evidence and also as a restorative material, 76% of the GDP agreed and 86.9% thought that it is difficult to justify the cost of sealants to parents. 62.2% valued that fissure sealants are used less than they should have been. Most of them had a positive attitude toward sealant application. Conclusion: Dental practitioners knowledge of pit and fissure sealant is high and attitude is also positive but when comes to practice it has been underutilized.


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