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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 364-368

Knowledge, attitude, and practice of Chennai school teachers on traumatic dental injuries management – A cross-sectional study


Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Sri Venkateswara Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Krishnamoorthy Kunguma Supraja
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Sri Venkateswara Dental College and Hospital, Thalambur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JCD.JCD_443_20

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Aim: To assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice of traumatic dental injury (TDI) management among school teachers of Chennai. Materials and Methods: Forty-seven schools were selected from various parts of Chennai for the cross-sectional survey by simple random sampling. Four hundred school teachers who participated were from 26 regular schools and 21 special schools. Questionnaire with 32 close-ended questions assessing knowledge, attitude, and practice of TDI management was devised, face validated by experts, and pilot tested. Link to the online survey questions was provided after obtaining the informed consent. Responses were analyzed using Microsoft Excel. Results: Twenty-two percent reported to have undergone first aid training and among them, 4% were trained on TDIs management. 27% had a false sense of knowledge and practice of TDIs management. 12% were confident in replanting an avulsed tooth by themselves. Ten percent were aware of using milk as a storage media. 86% were willing to learn about TDIs management. Conclusions: Within the limitations of the present study, it can be concluded that despite the lack of knowledge and practice regarding TDI management, school teachers of Chennai had a good attitude towards TDI education. Emergency management training is by itself a necessity in schools and it should be inclusive of TDI management.


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