Dental Sealants: Knowledge, Value, Opinion, and Practice among Dental Professionals of Bathinda City, India

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Asawa, Kailash ; Gupta, Vivek V. ; Tak, Mridula ; Nagarajappa, Ramesh ; Chaturvedi, Pulkit ; Bapat, Salil ; Mishra, Prashant ; Roy, Santanu Sen (2014)
  • Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
  • Journal: Advances in Preventive Medicine, volume 2,014 (issn: 2090-3480, eissn: 2090-3499)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1155/2014/469738, pmc: PMC4003741
  • Subject: Research Article | RA1-1270 | Public aspects of medicine | Article Subject
    mesheuropmc: stomatognathic diseases

Objective. The purpose of the study was to assess the knowledge, value, opinion, and practice regarding use of dental sealants among private dental practitioners in Bathinda City, Punjab, India. Materials and Methods. A cross-sectional survey was conducted among all private dental practitioners in Bathinda City, Punjab. A self-administered structured questionnaire consisting of 28 items was used to assess their knowledge, value, opinion, and practice regarding dental sealants. One-way analysis of variance, independent sample t-test, and multivariate regression analysis were utilized for statistical analysis. Confidence level and level of significance were set at 95% and 5%, respectively. Results. The mean scores for knowledge, value, opinion, and practice were 41.8 ± 3.7, 18.7 ± 2.8, 18.1 ± 1.4, and 12.9 ± 2.3, respectively. Analysis revealed that qualification was statistically significant among all dependent variables (P ≤ 0.05); work experience was significantly associated with both knowledge and opinion means scores (P ≤ 0.05). Conclusion. The results suggest that dental practitioners had sufficient knowledge about dental sealants. They also acknowledge the importance of use of dental sealants. Practice of dental sealants in clinics was found adequate but they were not following the specific guidelines and standardized procedures.
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