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Spec Care Dentist. 2012 Jun;32(3):83-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2012.00251.x.

Oral health care provided by Greek dentists to persons with physical and/or intellectual impairment.

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Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Dental School, University of Athens, Greece. stgizani@dent.uoa.gr

Abstract

This study evaluated Greek dentists' attitudes toward the provision of oral health care for persons with physical and intellectual impairment (PPII). A questionnaire was used to select information on dentists' socioeconomic data, their office characteristics, oral health care they performed, and their views about oral healthcare delivery for PPII. The final sample consisted of 534 dentists. Descriptive statistics and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) were used for the statistical analysis of the data. Most respondents were general practitioners (79.3%) providing oral health care to PPII, but 70% of the dentists had not been trained to treat them. In their opinion, oral health care for PPII demanded a lot of time and was hard to accomplish. Based on an evaluation of the results, this study suggests that continuing education and training of dentists to treat PPII are essential for this population in Greece.

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