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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 19-22

Attitude of general dentist in providing dental healthcare to children – isolating the challenges

Department of Pedodontics, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Arjun Thomas
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijpr.ijpr_16_16

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Context: Pediatric patients are one of the most challenging groups of patients to provide treatment. This can be attributed to their volatile personality and psychology. Aims: This study tries to determine if the nonpediatric dentist feels apprehension/discomfort in providing dental care to children and to determine what aspect of treatment is most stressful. Settings and Design: The study was conducted as a cross-sectional study using a questionnaire containing eight questions to evaluate the attitude and eight questions to evaluate the challenges faced by a general dentist in treating child patients. Subjects and Methods: A total of 100 dental surgeons were selected randomly using stratified sampling methods, among which 18 were MDS and 82 were BDS from specialties other than pedodontics. Statistical Analysis Used: The data collected were computed and analyzed using IBM-SPSS 19. Descriptive statistics was used; the absolute and percentage frequencies were obtained for data analysis. Results: Out of the dentists evaluated, 46% were apprehensive in providing treatment to children. Among dentists with experience 5 years and less, 67% were found to be apprehensive, whereas only 33% were apprehensive among dentists with >5-year experience. Conclusions: A significant percentage of nonpediatric dentists were apprehensive toward treating pediatric patients.

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