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Parental awareness of on-site management of traumatic dental injuries: An online survey

J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2022 Oct-Dec;40(4):430-436. doi: 10.4103/jisppd.jisppd_442_22.


BACKGROUND: Despite the high prevalence of traumatic dental injuries (TDIs), parents generally lack awareness about dental trauma emergency management. This preliminary study’s goal was to assess parents’/guardians’ awareness of the treatment of tooth fractures/avulsion.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A preformed questionnaire in e-format was sent to parents of school-going children. Kolmogorov-Smirnov test and Shapiro-Wilks’s test were employed to test the normality of data. In addition, a Chi-square test was performed for quantitative variables. P ≤ 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

RESULTS: A response rate of 82.1% was achieved. Approximately 19.6% of parents reported dental injuries, with the majority (51.9%) occurring at home. In avulsion, 54.8% of parents believed that reinserting the tooth back into the socket was possible. For tooth fractures, 36.2% of parents believed that the fractured tooth could be glued. Tap water was preferred as a storage medium (43.3%). An insignificant association was observed with regard to storage media (P > 0.05).

CONCLUSION: Inadequate understanding of the treatment of TDI by the primary caregiver leads to ineffective interventions at the scene of the accident and a poor prognosis for otherwise treatable cases.

PMID:36861561 | DOI:10.4103/jisppd.jisppd_442_22

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