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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 228-233

Knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding nonrestorative cavity control among pediatric dentists: A questionnaire-based cross-sectional study


Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, K. M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

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Bhavya Shah
Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, K. M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Campus, Pipariya, Vadodara - 391 760, Gujarat
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jdrr.jdrr_74_22

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Introduction: According to the worldwide burden of illnesses, unresolved dental decay is one of the most frequent oral diseases. One the significant barriers noticed during dental treatment of the children is fear and anxiety due to conventional treatment procedures. Hence, various dental caries removal and arrest techniques that are noninvasive and child friendly have to be incorporated by the pediatric dentists in their day-to-day practice. Aim: To evaluate knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding nonrestorative cavity control (NRCC) among pediatric dentists in India through the online survey. Materials and Methodology: An online questionnaire-based cross-sectional survey was carried out between January 2021 and May 2021 among the pediatric dentists in India. A structured questionnaire was used to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding NRCC technique. Self-administered questionnaire with 16 close-ended questions were formulated with multiple choice or Yes-No options. A total of 12 pediatric dentists working only as faculty, 47 only as practitioners, 39 as both faculty and practitioners, and 116 as postgraduate students participated in the study. Results: In the present study, 85% of pediatric dentists were aware about the concept of NRCC but not regarding the steps and the technique used in the concept. Most commonly chosen cariostatic agent was silver diamine fluoride (95.3%) followed by sodium fluoride varnish (86.9%) to use at concentrations 38% and 5%, respectively. 55.6% of the respondents stated that NRCC had various advantages which gave the technique an edge over other conventional techniques, whereas food impaction following slicing of the teeth (52.8%) was the most common disadvantage of this technique. Conclusion: The detailed knowledge related to NRCC is poor and misunderstood by most of the participants; hence, it warrants for the need to increase the awareness regarding this child friendly technique and motivate the pediatric dentists in using the same.


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