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A survey on knowledge and practices in erosive tooth wear among dental practitioners in Kuantan, Pahang: A preliminary study

Ab. Halim, Noorhazayti and Fakhri, Nur Atiyah and Azhar, Nur Izzati Aisyah and Md Mustafa, Md Muziman Syah (2021) A survey on knowledge and practices in erosive tooth wear among dental practitioners in Kuantan, Pahang: A preliminary study. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences (MJMHS), 17 (2). pp. 28-33. ISSN 1675-8544

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Abstract

Introduction: Erosive tooth wear (ETW) is an emerging dental condition worldwide. However, most dental practitioners overlooked the early stages of the condition due to vague clinical appearance of tooth surface loss. Therefore, this study was aimed to determine the knowledge of ETW and treatment given amongst dental professionals in private clinics in Kuantan, Pahang. Materials and method: Several private dental clinics in Kuantan, Pahang, involved in this cross-sectional study. Dental practitioners were volunteering to participate in this research. A validated self-administered questionnaire was distributed, and a descriptive analysis was conducted. Result: The overall response rate was 75%. Results revealed that most participants obtained a structured education on ETW (79.2%). Through continuous dental education, about half of the participants learnt further. All participants agreed that carbonated drink caused ETW, and most reported that gastroesophageal reflux diseases and pickles had related to the ETW. The majority of participants favoured case note (79%) with regards to ETW records. Nevertheless, 40.9% and 36.4% are recorded at the tooth surface and individual level, respectively. Surprisingly, 79% of them did not know about special scores when assessing ETW. Most participants prefer to give instruction on oral hygiene and diet counselling as preventive measures, but the use of fluoride was not given priority. 77% have not ever referred the case to a dental specialist and preferred to treat the patient on their own. Conclusion: ETW knowledge among recruited PDPs is adequate; however, no specific indices were used for ETW scoring and insufficient treatment strategies.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5869/83597
Uncontrolled Keywords: diagnosis, erosive tooth wear, indexes, treatment, private dental practitioners
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Optometry and Visual Science
Kulliyyah of Dentistry > Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health
Depositing User: Asst Prof Noorhazayti Ab. Halim
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2020 16:49
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 17:04
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/83597

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