ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE OF MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS TOWARDS PEDIATRIC DENTAL CARE IN CENTRAL INDIA - A CROSS-SECTIONAL ONLINE SURVEY
Harshita Rao*, Ankur Jain, Rinki Sisodia, Satish Maran, Anaya Kulkarni and M. Krishna Sagar
Aim: To determine the knowledge and attitude of medical practitioners towards dental care of children in India. Materials and methods: The present study is an Cross-sectional online survey conducted among the medical practitioners in various states of india the study was conducted on 200 practitioners, randomly selected. The data pertaining to their knowledge and attitude about oral health was gathered using a self-administered online questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive studies. Results: A total of 65.3% respondants considered that dental caries is not infectious. About 82.7% of the physicians thought that scaling causes tooth sensitivity and only 22.7% knew that tooth brush-ing should be initiated after the eruption of the first milk tooth. About 43.5% doctors agrees that they refer the dental cases related to children to the concerning specialists. Conclusion: Medical practitioners had a moderate knowledge and attitude towards pediatric dental care.
Keywords: Attitude, Knowledge, Medical practitioner.
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