Journal of the Korean Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 2011;38(3):217-228.
Published online August 31, 2011.
DENTAL TRAUMA MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE AMONG A GROUP OF TEACHERS IN GWANG-JU
Young-Mi Yoon, Nan-Young Lee, Sang-Ho Lee, Hyang-Gil Jang
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Chosun University 
Correspondence:  Nan-Young Lee,  Tel: 062-220-3860, Email: nandent@chosun.ac.kr
Received: 14 May 2011   • Accepted: 8 August 2011
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the level of dental trauma management in elementary, middle and high school teachers using questionnaires. 325 elementary school teachers, 101 middle school teachers, and 232 high school teachers, totally 658(males of 362, females of 296)teachers were provided with the questionnaires. Part I in the questionnaires was composed of their gender, age, experience as teachers and whether they received education about dental trauma or not. Part II included questions about appropriate attitudes in case of specific dental trauma. Part III was composed of questions asking knowledges about states of damaged teeth and possible emergency service. The attitude in managing tooth fracture showed significant difference between male and female teachers. The attitude in managing tooth avulsion showed significant difference among elementary, middle and high school teachers. Although it had difference according to questions, insufficient knowledge and awareness about the management of dental trauma were shown in the majority of teachers. It is recommended that educational program for improvement of awareness about immediate management of traumatized teeth is necessary for teachers.
Key Words: Teachers, Dental trauma, Knowledge, Attitude
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