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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6-8

Knowledge, attitude, and practice of dental students regarding treatment of pregnant women in Daman


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vaidik Dental College and Research Centre, Daman, Daman and Diu, India
2 Vaidik Dental College and Research Centre, Daman, Daman and Diu, India

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Dr. Nilima Vaghela
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Vaidik Dental College and Research Centre, Daman, Daman and Diu.
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/INJO.INJO_7_22

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Introduction: The role of oral health professionals includes providing preventive services and restorative treatment along with anticipatory guidance for pregnant women and their children. Aim: The objective of the study was to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice among dental interns and final-year students in treating pregnant women. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire study was conducted in a private dental college in Daman city which included 100 students. A study-specific questionnaire was prepared to collect the data. Descriptive analysis was done. Statistical analysis was done with the help of Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 17 (SPSS Inc., IBM, Chicago, IL, USA). Results: On average, there was enough knowledge among students regarding oral health. Nearly 39.3% of students had sufficient knowledge regarding management of pregnant women in a dental chair, and the students considered textbooks (39%) and lectures (40%) as their prime source of knowledge. About 43% of the clinical students educated pregnant patients regarding their oral health and its influence on the fetus. Regarding the antibiotic and analgesic of choice for pregnant women, very few had other options other than amoxicillin (32%) and paracetamol (68%). Conclusion: The finding underscores the knowledge and information of dental students in the fundamentals of dental management of pregnant women to be satisfactory. Improvement is needed to increase the awareness of clinical students toward different types of critical treatment.


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