Audio visual aid an effective tool of health education for dental trauma
Dr. Kaushal Kishor Jha, Dr. Anjani Kumar Shukla, Dr. Ashok Kumar
Background: Injury to both, primary and the permanent dentitions and their supporting structures is one of the most common dental problems seen in children. Studies on dental trauma have shown that most dental accidents in children occur at home, followed by school. The prognosis of traumatised teeth depends on prompt and appropriate treatment, which often relies on lay people such as the children’s parents and their school teachers who are present at the site of accident, prior to the initial dental contact.
Objective: To assess the knowledge of upper primary and secondary school Physical Education instructors in Bareilly (U.P) city about emergency management of dental trauma.
Methodology: A total of 104 physical education instructors from 82 upper primary and secondary schools were included in the questionnaire based survey.
Results: Majority of the respondents said that their teachers training included first aid training. Only 7.6% recalled that their course covered management of dental trauma. Although about 70% of the respondents were aware about management of fractured tooth, the knowledge regarding avulsed tooth was poor. Vast majority of the respondents felt that they required further training to manage such trauma cases. Over 70% of teachers indicated that it was urgent to seek professional help for tooth avulsion, but they had little knowledge regarding correct procedures for replanting and storing avulsed tooth.
Conclusion: Although the upper primary and secondary school physical education teachers in Bareilly(UP) city had good knowledge of first aid, the knowledge on management of dental trauma remained inadequate.
Dr. Kaushal Kishor Jha, Dr. Anjani Kumar Shukla, Dr. Ashok Kumar. Audio visual aid an effective tool of health education for dental trauma. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 4, Issue 9, 2017, Pages 23-28