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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-4

Comprehensive knowledge regarding oral habits amongst general and specialist dental practitioners


Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital, Dr. M. G. R Educational and Research Institute University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Sujitha Balraj
Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital, Dr. M. G. R Educational and Research Institute University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
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Context: Dentists play an important role in identifying the existence of deleterious oral habits, verifying the association between habits and malocclusion and planning and establishing the treatment for it. Aims: The aim of the present study was to assess the comprehensive knowledge of BDS and MDS practitioners on oral habits . Subjects and Methods: The study was conducted in the Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital. A total of 90 dental surgeons, selected randomly by stratified sampling method, were involved in this study, of which 32 were BDS and 58 were MDS from different specialties. Statistical Analysis Used: The absolute and percentage frequencies were obtained for data analysis (descriptive statistical techniques). The existence of a significant association between BDS and MDS practitioners was verified using bivariate analysis (Yates' Chi-square and Fisher's exact tests). Results: This questionnaire-based study depicts the response of the dental practitioners toward the prevalence, etiology, clinical features, and treatment plan of adverse oral habits. When compared to MDS practitioners, BDS practitioners had less knowledge on the identification and early diagnosis of the adverse effects on oral habits. Conclusions: As deleterious oral habits in children are devastating conditions to be noted in literature of dentistry, more importance should be emphasized by the dentist.


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