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|Title: ||Knowledge and Attitude of some Nigerian School Teacher on the Emergency Management of Avulsed Permanent Incisor|
|Other Titles: ||CONNAISSANCES ET ATTITUDE DE CERTAINS ENSEIGNANTS NIGERIANS FACE À LA GESTION DES SITUATIONS D'URGENCE DE L'INCISIVE PERMANENTE ARRACHÉE|
|Authors: ||Olatosi, O. O.|
lwuala, S. O.
Isiekwe, G. I.
Adenaike, A. S.
Oluwo, A. O.
|Keywords: ||Permanent tooth avulsion|
|Issue Date: ||2013|
|Publisher: ||Journal of West African College of Surgeons|
|Series/Report no.: ||Vol. 3;No. 4; Pp 29 - 52|
|Abstract: ||Background: Tooth avulsion has been known to be the most severe of all dental injuries. The immediate action
taken at the accident site will determine the prognosis of the tooth. Replantation of an avulsed tooth is the
Aim & Objectives: To assess the knowledge and attitude of primary and secondary (Basic educational) school
teachers on the emergency management of avulsed permanent incisors.
Setting: Twenty public and private basic educational schools were randomly selected from Lagos State.
Subjects & Methods: Descriptive cross-sectional study. A 23 item self administered questionnaire was distributed
to teachers to determine their knowledge and attitude on the emergency management of avulsed permanent
incisors. Data was analysed using SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences), Version 21.0. The responses
obtained were tabulated and expressed as frequency distributions and then computed in percentages. Chi-square
was used to test the association between knowledge of the schools teachers regarding the emergency
management of avulsed permanent incisors and their socio-demographic variables. Multiva riate analysis was used
to adjust for confounding variables. The level of significance was set at P < 0.05.
Results: A total of 320 teachers answered the questionnaires. Most of the teachers were female (63.1%). Only
(30.9%) had received ﬁrst aid training which included emergency management of dental trauma. Forty- two
percent (134) didn't know that an avulsed permanent tooth could be replanted. Twenty teachers (44.4%) would
clean an avulsed tooth with toothbrush and toothpaste. A greater proportion of the respondents 130 (4O.6%)
would transport an avulsed tooth using a clean white handkerchief. The overall knowledge of the school teachers
was poor (84%). There was a statistically significant association between the knowledge of the school teachers and
the inclusion of emergency management of dental trauma in the first aid training of the teachers P=0.05. Predictors
of teachers' level of knowledge of emergency management of avulsed teeth were receipt of advise on management
of traumatic dental injuries (OR=2.5, Cl=1.19-4.28) and type of school (OR=0.93, C|=0.206-0.750).
Conclusion: The school teachers had insufﬁcient knowledge about the emergency management of avulsed
permanent teeth. School oral health campaigns with regards to emergency management of avulsed teeth will help
improve teachers' knowledge and modify their behaviour.|
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