Barriers to the Treatment of Early Childhood Caries among General Dentists in and
Around Hyderabad, Telangana. A Cross-Sectional Study
Damarla Viraajitha1*, Karuparty Pavan Kumar2 and K Santoshi3
1General Dentist, Smile Book Dental International, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 General Dentist, Camp Dental Doctor, Rohini Foundation, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
3 Pediatric Dentist, Private Dental Practitioner, Siri Dental Clinic, Hyderabad,
*Corresponding Author: Damarla Viraajitha, General Dentist, Smile Book Dental
International, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Received: March 09, 2023; Published: March 29, 2023
Objective: Determine the barriers that prevent general dentists from treating early childhood caries in children.
Material and Procedures: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted with fifty general dentists in and around Hyderabad, India, using a simple random sample. Each candidate was given the questionnaire. Using descriptive statistics, the absolute and relative frequencies, mean, median, and standard deviation were calculated.
Results: indicated that general dentists encountered a variety of barriers when treating early childhood caries. Providing care for children can be stressful and difficult for dentists (65.4%), and they experience time constraints, i.e., they do not spend much time with children (42.4%). Training in the field of child behaviour management improves their ability to treat early childhood caries.
Conclusion: General dentists should receive proper training in dealing with children as part of their curriculum or through continuing education courses so that they can treat early childhood caries effectively and efficiently for the benefit of society
Keywords: Periodontal therapy, risk factors, failures
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