Dental Practitioners and their Perceptions Regarding the Use of Antioxidants in the Promotion of Oral Health

  • Nadia Khan
  • Anam Khan
  • Burshida Khalid
  • Gauri Sharma
Keywords: Antioxidants, Free Radicals, Oral Health, Oral Cancer

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The role of free radicals is well established as a crucial component of the immune system.
AIM: To assess the perception of dental practitioners of Northern and Central India regarding the role of antioxidants in oral health.
MATERIALS AND METHOD: A pre-tested and pre-validated online questionnaire was distributed among various dental practitioners in Northern and Central India which consisted of dichotomous responses. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the data, followed by the Chi square test to check significant differences between the responses. Correlation between responses were analysed through the Spearman’s rank correlation. Statistical analysis was done using Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 20 (SPSS 20).
RESULTS: A statistically significant difference was observed among the genders, with females 126 (43.7%) having lesser knowledge than males 162(56.3%) regarding the use of antioxidants in their clinical practice. High knowledge scores were observed in 288 (69.2%) dental professionals. Postgraduates were found to have (p=0.05) a higher level of knowledge as compared to graduates.
CONCLUSION: The use of antioxidants in dentistry should be increased through the conduction of various CDE programmes. workshops and evidence-based practice guidelines.

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Author Biographies

Nadia Khan

MDS (Oral Pathology and Microbiology), Private Practitioners and Consultant Dental Surgeon, Teeth Clinic, Sector 66 A, Mohali, Punjab

Anam Khan

BDS, Private Practitioners and Consultant Dental Surgeon, Teeth Clinic, Sector 66 A, Mohali, Punjab

Burshida Khalid

BDS, Private Practitioners and Consultant Dental Surgeon, Teeth Clinic, Sector 66 A, Mohali, Punjab

Gauri Sharma

BDS, Private Practitioners and Consultant Dental Surgeon, Teeth Clinic, Sector 66 A, Mohali, Punjab

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Published
2020-04-23
How to Cite
Nadia Khan, Anam Khan, Burshida Khalid, & Gauri Sharma. (2020). Dental Practitioners and their Perceptions Regarding the Use of Antioxidants in the Promotion of Oral Health. International Healthcare Research Journal, 4(1), 10-14. https://doi.org/10.26440/IHRJ/0401.04337
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