Comparison of knowledge, attitude and practice toward oral health between pediatricians and family doctors

Knowledge, attitude and practice toward oral health

Keywords: Children, family doctor, oral health, pediatrician

Abstract

Aim:  Pediatricians and family doctors are at the first step in the education of parents about oral health, as well as the prevention of oral diseases and the provision of oral health in children. The aim of this study is to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes and practices of pediatricians and family doctors about oral health in children.

Methodology: A questionnaire consisting of 50 items was sent to pediatrician and family doctors via mail. Descriptive analysis and chi-square tests were done to analyze the data. Participation in the survey, with a total of 240 participants (58 pediatricians, 182 family doctors), was 100%.

Results: It was found that pediatricians believe that they have more important role in the development of oral health and prevention of oral diseases and they are more interested in participating in the oral health program than are the family doctors.

Conclusion: Pediatricians and family doctors should work with dentists to improve the quality of oral hygiene in all young children.

 

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Published
2018-04-30
How to Cite
Gezgin, O., Korkut, E., Özer, H., & Şener, Y. (2018). Comparison of knowledge, attitude and practice toward oral health between pediatricians and family doctors. International Dental Research, 8(1), 7-14. https://doi.org/10.5577/intdentres.2018.vol8.no1.2