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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 37-39

A study to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice of dental injuries in children engaged in sports

1 Intern, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dental Sciences, KIMSDU, Karad, Maharashtra, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dental Sciences, KIMSDU, Karad, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. R Sushma
Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dental Sciences, KIMSDU, Karad, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijmo.ijmo_10_21

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Background: Maintaining a physically active lifestyle is must for a healthy body and mind. Regular exercise is known to be associated with reduced mortality and reduced incidence of systemic diseases. It has been documented that children between the ages of 7 and 14 years are more prone to injuries, especially dental as they have not developed proper coordination and less aware of the prevention of injuries while playing. Dental injuries include lip lacerations, avulsion of teeth, fractures of teeth, and jaws. Prognosis of dental trauma is better if the first-line treatment received by the patient is done by person who is aware and knows all the possible treatment modalities. Aims and objectives: The main objective of the study was to take into consideration the knowledge the population has about the dental trauma and the various preventive measures for the same. Materials and Method: For the study, a sample size of 150 patients were included and divided into a group of 75 amles and 75 females respectively. The participants were selected on the basis of inclusion and exclusion criteria. Parents of children who were engaged in contact and non contact sports were included to complete the study. Results: The p-value was calculated for the study and was highly non significant as the knowledge about the dental trauma and preventive measures were found to be similar between the male and female participants. More than half of the population had no clue about re-plantation of the avulsed tooth from the oral cavity. Conclusion: Majority of the study population had knowledge about fractured tooth and lip laceration, on the other hand they had little or no knowledge regarding the preventive measures for the dental trauma. The studies for larger sample size and wide range of age groups in different areas in Maharashtra are recommended to overview the Knowledge and various preventive measures that an individual can take when injured while playing sports.

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