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Dent Traumatol. 2012 Dec;28(6):441-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-9657.2011.01085.x. Epub 2011 Nov 17.

Elementary school staff knowledge and attitude with regard to first-aid management of dental trauma in Iran: a basic premise for developing future intervention.

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Oral and Dental Diseases Research Center/Department of Endodontics, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.



  The purpose of this study was to evaluate Iranian teachers' knowledge and attitude with regard to emergency management of dental trauma.


  A four-part questionnaire, including demographic data, knowledge, attitude, and self-assessment, was given to 422 teachers from 14 schools. Data obtained from 400 completed questionnaires were statistically analyzed using t-test, one-way anova and Pearson correlation coefficient.


  It was found that there was no statistically significant difference between knowledge and demographic variations (P > 0.05). However, there was a moderate positive association between knowledge and attitude toward emergency management of dental trauma (r = 0.38, P = 0.0001). The outcome indicated completely inadequate knowledge regarding the management of tooth fracture and avulsion. Most participants (94.3%) were unsatisfied with their awareness and suggested that further education on the topic should be offered.


  The present study revealed considerably low knowledge of the participants regarding the first-aid management of dental trauma for the study group. As teachers get an opportunity to attend a case of dental trauma, strategies to improve the teachers' knowledge seem crucial.

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