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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 16  |  Page : 137-142

Dental Students Opinon and Knowledge about Perception of Dental Caries, its Diagnosis and Prevention

Public Health Dentist, Student, Internee, KSR Institute of Dental Science and Research, KSR Kalvi Nagar, Thokkavadi, Thiruchengode, Namaklcal District, Tamilnadu, India

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Aim of the Study: The study was carried out to assess the knowledge and attitude about perception of dental caries, its diagnosis and prevention. Materials and Methods: Data was collected using a 30 item pretested, open ended, self administered questionnaire. Students were selected but only 82% students responded (overall response rat,e;;;;82%). Results: The overall the knowledge about the use of fluorides, chlorhexidine and importance of caries activity tests was relatively less. The most unfavourable attitude was performing caries activity tests (59%) and the most undesirable practice noted was regarding non-prescription of fluoride dentifrices (38%).However students tended to emphasize more on the effectiveness of diet counseling (95%).Analysis showed that the dental students were having less knowledge and unfavourable attitude towards diagnosis and management of incipient carious lesion. Conclusion: Efforts are needed to enhance the level of knowledge and attitude of dentists and focus on the strategies to educate and reinforce the use of preventive dentistry.

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