Attitude and knowledge of primary school teachers of initial management of dental trauma
Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate knowledge and attitude related to tooth avulsion of primary school teachers
from Dakar, Senegal, through a questionnaire.
Materiel and methods: The study was conducted in sixty randomly chosen primary schools from Dakar, Senegal. All
teachers of selected schools were included in the study. The data were collected by self administered questionnaire. The
questions were focused on the general data of teachers, experience of tooth avulsion and importance of emergency
management. The data were analyzed using chi square test.
Results: The sample consisted of 258 males (46.6%) and 292 females (52.7%). The age group from 20- 40 years old
represented 50.4% of the sample, followed by the 41- 60 age group with 43.5%. Experience of tooth avulsion was
reported by 36.1% of the teachers. Tooth avulsion was considered a dental emergency by 67.2%. In case of tooth
avulsion, 65% would get in contact with the dental service, 20.2% would call the child’s parents. Reimplantation was
chosen by 7.2%, with no statistically significant differences (p=0.05) between the gender and age groups. Without
reimplantation, the tooth was preserved only by 37.7%. The tooth was stored in a humid medium by 27.3% of the
teachers, the rest stored the teeth in compress (43.3%) or paper (13.9%). The most often used solutions were the
antiseptics (45.3%), tap water (22.6%), physiological serum (11.3%), milk (9.4%), and ice water (5.7%). Others solutions
were ice and saliva(mouth) of the child, with respectively, 7.7% and 1%
Conclusion: This study reveals the lack of knowledge of teachers in Dakar about tooth avulsion.
Auteur(s) : Abdoul Wakhabe Kane, Toure Babacar, Diallo Moustapha, Mbaye Malick, Sarr Mouhamed, Boucher Yves
Année de publication : 2011
Revue : Journal of Oral Health & Research
N° de volume : Vol.2
Type : Article
Mise en ligne par : DIALLO Ahmad Moustapha