Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Towards Management of Trauma to Anterior Teeth among Faculty Members and Undergraduate Students in Dental and Medical Institute in South India

Authors

  • Vignesh Kamath1 , Harsha Hegde2 , Vijay Namdevrao Yannawar3, Ganesh Ramesh Kotalwar4 , Amol Sangewar5 , Swapna Bettanapalya Venkatesh6 , Smitha Sammith Shetty7

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i1.13673

Keywords:

Emergency management; Tooth injuries; Tooth fracture; Tooth avulsion; First aid.

Abstract

Introduction: Traumatic dental injuries are common among children owing to their developing
neuromusculoskeletal responses. This study aims at assessment of knowledge, attitude and practice towards
management of trauma to anterior teeth among faculty members and students of Medical College.
Materials and Method: A cross sectional survey with pretested questionnaire was used to assess the
demographics of the participants along with their knowledge regarding dental trauma, their attitude and
practices to handle them. Total of 200 participants comprising, 150 students and 50 faculty members of
the dental institute were part of this study. Descriptive statistics was used to represent each category. Also,
inferential statistical methods were used to assess any significant differences between the groups when
significance level is kept at 5%.
Results: The findings showed that almost 40% of the participants had experienced dental trauma before,
the most common trauma that they encountered was tooth fracture. Faculty members had better knowledge
score compared to students those who have had previous knowledge before regarding this issue also had
better knowledge than their counterpart.
Conclusion: The present study showed that the participants have sufficient knowledge about dental trauma,
and they showed a positive attitude towards it. However, some were still reluctant to perform dental first aid
when required due to the lack of training availability and education. Dental first aid needs to be a part of the
curriculum. Training programs are even more helpful, as it will help to build the confidence of the operator.
This will create awareness among the public about the importance of managing dental trauma of the anterior
teeth.

Author Biography

Vignesh Kamath1 , Harsha Hegde2 , Vijay Namdevrao Yannawar3, Ganesh Ramesh Kotalwar4 , Amol Sangewar5 , Swapna Bettanapalya Venkatesh6 , Smitha Sammith Shetty7

1
Assistant Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Melaka Manipal Medical College,
Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal-576104, Karnataka, 2
Senior Lecturer, Department of
Prosthodontics, KVG Dental College and Hospital, Sullia, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, 3Senior Lecturer, Dr
HSRSM Dental College, Hingoli, Maharashtra, 4Senior Lecturer, Nanded Rural Dental College and Research
Centre, Nanded, 5
Private Practitioner, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, 6Associate Professor, Department of
Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Melaka Manipal, Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education,
Manipal-576104, Karnataka, 7Associate Professor, Department of Oral Biology, Faculty of Dentistry, Melaka
Manipal, Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal-576104, Karnataka

Published

2020-12-31

How to Cite

Vignesh Kamath1 , Harsha Hegde2 , Vijay Namdevrao Yannawar3, Ganesh Ramesh Kotalwar4 , Amol Sangewar5 , Swapna Bettanapalya Venkatesh6 , Smitha Sammith Shetty7. (2020). Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Towards Management of Trauma to Anterior Teeth among Faculty Members and Undergraduate Students in Dental and Medical Institute in South India. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(1), 1812-1819. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i1.13673

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