Knowledge about permanent tooth avulsion and its management among dentists in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:There is a lack of adequate information on dentists' knowledge about tooth avulsion and its management in Saudi Arabia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the level of knowledge about permanent tooth avulsion and its management among dentists working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. METHODS:A total of 550 dentists were contacted to request their participation in this 19-item questionnaire survey over a three-month period starting in January 2015 using convenience sampling methodology. A questionnaire consisting of demographic items and multiple-choice questions regarding knowledge of avulsion and its management was used. The level of knowledge was assessed using a scoring system that assigned one point for each correct answer and zero points for wrong answers, with a maximum possible score of ten points. An independent t-test was used to compare the level of knowledge (mean score) based on particular variables, such as sex, nationality, type of practice, current employment, working hours and whether the respondents had attended a continuing dental education (CDE) programme on avulsion management. The level of significance was set at P< 0.05. RESULTS:A total of 470 completed questionnaires were collected with data suitable for statistical analysis. The majority of the respondents were Saudi (n = 331; 72.1 %) and general practitioners (n = 278; 59.3 %). Most of the participants correctly responded to the knowledge-based questions, except the questions regarding the best storage medium (milk: 24.1 %) and the duration of follow-up by clinical and radiographic examination (5 years: 15.6 %). The mean knowledge score was 5.94 ± 1.57. Gender (P = 0.001), current employment (P = 0.045) and working hours per day (P = 0.020) had a significant effect on the mean knowledge score. CONCLUSIONS:The surveyed dentists were found to have a moderate knowledge of avulsion and its management, although a relative lack of knowledge was observed regarding the duration of follow-up after replantation.

journal_name

BMC Oral Health

journal_title

BMC oral health

authors

AlJazairy YH,Halawany HS,AlMaflehi N,Alhussainan NS,Abraham NB,Jacob V

doi

10.1186/s12903-015-0126-3

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Has Abstract

pub_date

2015-11-02 00:00:00

pages

135

issue

1

issn

1472-6831

pii

10.1186/s12903-015-0126-3

journal_volume

15

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