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Title: Patient and parental awareness of the importance of immediate management of traumatised teeth
Authors: Sae-Lim, V. 
Chulaluk, K.
Lim, L.P. 
Keywords: Dental injuries
Dental trauma
Emergency treatment
Issue Date: 1999
Source: Sae-Lim, V.,Chulaluk, K.,Lim, L.P. (1999). Patient and parental awareness of the importance of immediate management of traumatised teeth. Dental Traumatology 15 (1) : 37-41. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to assess patient and parental awareness of the importance of immediate management of traumatised teeth. A three-part questionnaire comprising questions on demographic data, attitude and knowledge was distributed to patients or accompanying parents who presented to the principal author for treatment in an 8-week period. One hundred and fifty-seven respondents with a mean age of 31.1 years participated in the study. Only 30% of the respondents recalled having had previous experience of dental trauma. The majority of the respondents, especially those with a higher educational background, had a positive attitude, expressing enthusiasm for public education on emergency management of dental trauma (85%). The availability of an emergency service during office hours was known by 71% of the respondents while only 26% were aware of the after-office-hour emergency service. Participants generally had a better concept of management of avulsed teeth (63%) compared to that of fractured teeth (35%). Knowledge on some critical aspects of the handling of avulsed teeth was poor (6%). Using multiple logistic regression analysis, it was found that the respondents' attitude tended to be influenced by their educational background (P=0.08). In addition, subjects with higher education were more knowledgeable regarding the emergency service available during office hours (P=0.05) and the concept of management of fractured teeth (P=0.02). Educational background appeared to influence the level of awareness of the importance of immediate management of traumatised teeth.
Source Title: Dental Traumatology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/79916
ISSN: 16004469
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