Title: 0771 - Management of Dental Caries: Knowledge and Practices of Nigerian Dentists
Omolola Orenuga (Presenter)
Faculty of Dental Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos
Chioma Nzomiwu, Faculty of Dental Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos
Morenike Ukpong, Obafemi Awolowo University
Abdulwarith Akinshipo, Faculty of Dental Sciences College of Medicine University of Lagos
Olabisi Oderinu, Faculty of Dental Sciences College of Medicine University of Lagos
Objectives: To assess the knowledge, use of current caries management protocols and techniques among Nigerian Dentists
Methods: A pre-tested self-administered questionnaire was used. The questionnaire inquired about diagnostic tools, assessment and teaching methods employed by dentists in the management of dental caries. Only dentist of Nigerian descent and practising in Nigeria were eligible to participate.
Results: Majority, 90.3% were involved in the management of caries in their centers. About two-thirds of the respondents, 66.2% reported use of periapical radiographs and three-quarters, 76.2% used tactile methods in diagnosis of caries. Over three-quarters had never used electrical conductance, fibre-optic, CAMBRA, ICDAS, laser fluorescence or bacteria count in caries assessment or diagnosis. Among the 38.4% who taught courses on cariology, explanation and demonstrartions were the commonest methods of instructions. Use of games as instructional models was uncommon among the study sample
Conclusions: Majority of Nigerian Dentists still depend solely on traditional methods of teaching, assessment and diagnosis of dental caries. Modern caries teaching, assessment and diagnostic techniques are needed to improve caries diagnosis. This will be beneficial in the promotion of caries preventive care.
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