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Perception of Dentists about Caries-risk Assessment tools in Jaipur, India: A Cross-sectional Study.

Nagaraj A, Vishnani P, Yousuf A, Ganta S, Singh K, Acharya S - J Int Oral Health (2015)

Bottom Line: The data were analyzed using Chi-square test.Around 80.5% of the practitioners were aware of CRA tools among which only one-fourth were practicing CRA.A substantial percentage of dentists did not practice CRA, but were interested in receiving more education about CRA and its tools.

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Affiliation: Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Jaipur Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

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Background: Caries risk assessment (CRA) is an essential element of contemporary clinical care for infants, children, and adolescents. CRA tools aid in the detection as well as documentation of caries risk predictors and let the health care professionals to be more active in identifying and referring high-risk patients for proper treatment and required prevention. The aim of the study was to assess the information-seeking behavior of dental practitioners of Jaipur regarding CRA tools.

Materials and methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey was conducted among the dental practitioners of Jaipur city. A 17-itemed questionnaire was personally administered to 373 dental practitioners of Jaipur and their knowledge was assessed based on the questions about CRA tools and Cariogram. The data were analyzed using Chi-square test.

Results: Around 80.5% of the practitioners were aware of CRA tools among which only one-fourth were practicing CRA. Significant correlation of qualification, specialty, and years of practice was found with knowledge of CRA tools, practice of CRA and preventive treatment and attitude toward risk assessment.

Conclusions: A substantial percentage of dentists did not practice CRA, but were interested in receiving more education about CRA and its tools.

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Significant effect of qualification on various aspects of practices (P ≤ 0.011).
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Figure 3: Significant effect of qualification on various aspects of practices (P ≤ 0.011).

Mentions: About 40% of the practitioners reported that they practice only minimal invasive dentistry as preventive treatment and only 24.91% of the dentists assess caries risk of individual patients, of which 13% use a special form for the same. Almost none of the practitioners used any in-office tests to assess the caries risk. It was found that among the study participants nearly one-fourth of them used dental software in their clinic of which radiovisiography (RVG) was most common. The diet chart of the patients was recorded by 19.49% of the study participants and majority of them recorded diet history of 48 h. Majority of the dental practitioners themselves provided diet counseling to their patients. On comparing the qualification and specialty, statistically significant difference was found in the practices of dentists (Table 3, Graphs 3 and 4).


Perception of Dentists about Caries-risk Assessment tools in Jaipur, India: A Cross-sectional Study.

Nagaraj A, Vishnani P, Yousuf A, Ganta S, Singh K, Acharya S - J Int Oral Health (2015)

Significant effect of qualification on various aspects of practices (P ≤ 0.011).
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4588795&req=5

Figure 3: Significant effect of qualification on various aspects of practices (P ≤ 0.011).
Mentions: About 40% of the practitioners reported that they practice only minimal invasive dentistry as preventive treatment and only 24.91% of the dentists assess caries risk of individual patients, of which 13% use a special form for the same. Almost none of the practitioners used any in-office tests to assess the caries risk. It was found that among the study participants nearly one-fourth of them used dental software in their clinic of which radiovisiography (RVG) was most common. The diet chart of the patients was recorded by 19.49% of the study participants and majority of them recorded diet history of 48 h. Majority of the dental practitioners themselves provided diet counseling to their patients. On comparing the qualification and specialty, statistically significant difference was found in the practices of dentists (Table 3, Graphs 3 and 4).

Bottom Line: The data were analyzed using Chi-square test.Around 80.5% of the practitioners were aware of CRA tools among which only one-fourth were practicing CRA.A substantial percentage of dentists did not practice CRA, but were interested in receiving more education about CRA and its tools.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Jaipur Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

ABSTRACT

Background: Caries risk assessment (CRA) is an essential element of contemporary clinical care for infants, children, and adolescents. CRA tools aid in the detection as well as documentation of caries risk predictors and let the health care professionals to be more active in identifying and referring high-risk patients for proper treatment and required prevention. The aim of the study was to assess the information-seeking behavior of dental practitioners of Jaipur regarding CRA tools.

Materials and methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey was conducted among the dental practitioners of Jaipur city. A 17-itemed questionnaire was personally administered to 373 dental practitioners of Jaipur and their knowledge was assessed based on the questions about CRA tools and Cariogram. The data were analyzed using Chi-square test.

Results: Around 80.5% of the practitioners were aware of CRA tools among which only one-fourth were practicing CRA. Significant correlation of qualification, specialty, and years of practice was found with knowledge of CRA tools, practice of CRA and preventive treatment and attitude toward risk assessment.

Conclusions: A substantial percentage of dentists did not practice CRA, but were interested in receiving more education about CRA and its tools.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus