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ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 615-621

Knowledge, attitude and practice in dental trauma management among the teachers and physical education teachers


1 UG Student, Department of Public Health Dentistry, SRM Dental College, Ramapuram, Chennai, India
2 Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry, SRM Dental College, Ramapuram, Chennai, India
3 Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, SRM Dental College, Ramapuram, Chennai, India

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Dr. M Anjana
UG Student, Department of Public Health Dentistry, SRM Dental College, Ramapuram, Chennai
India
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Traumatic dental injuries (TDI) are highly prevalent from infancy to adolescence and often occur at homes or schools. The prognosis of traumatized teeth depends on prompt and appropriate treatment, which often relies on knowledge of the coaches, teachers or physical education teachers who may be present at the place of accidents. The aim of the study was to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice in dental trauma management among the teachers and physical education teachers at rural schools at Tiruchirappalli District of Tamil Nadu. The research used a structured questionnaire to collect data, convenience sampling and descriptive design. A sample of 257 teachers from 52 schools was selected. Chi- Square test was applied to test the significance between trained and untrained teachers. Among the population 11.30% were male and 88.70% were female. 40% were teaching physical education without a formal First Aid Training/course and 60% (154) had attended a formal First Aid Training/course. 72% were teaching the physical education and managing the sports activities without any training / course on dental trauma management and 28% were teaching the physical education with training/course on dental trauma management. 94.2% had experience of dental trauma management and 5.8% had no experience of dental trauma management. The present study reveals that the respondents used differed liquids to maintain avulsed teeth, used different storage media to preserve the avulsed teeth, had no adequate knowledge regarding suitable medium for transport of an avulsed tooth and lack the knowledge of Dental Trauma Management Practice. Periodic awareness programs/proper training by dentists/hospitals may also be conducted for the teachers and physical education teachers.


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