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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 836-840

Attention to COVID-19 pandemic among dental experts of Kerala State, India: A knowledge, attitude, and practice study


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Kannur Dental College, Anjarakandy, Kerala, India
2 Consultant Endodontist, Sunshine Dental Specialists, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
3 Senior Lecturer, Department of Periodontics, KMCT Dental College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
4 Reader, Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Noorul Islam College of Dental Science, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
5 Reader, Department of Prosthodontics, Noorul Islam College of Dental Science, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
6 Assistant Professor, Department of Dentistry, Mount Zion Medical College, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
A Aravind
Department of Public Health Dentistry, Kannur Dental College, Anjarakandy, Kerala
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jpbs.JPBS_831_20

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Background: Dentists are the common preys for the transmission of pandemic disease because of the airborne spread via routine dental checkups. This study which is a cross-sectional one gives the idea about awareness and alertness of dentists about COVID-19 in Kerala, India. Materials and Methods: The survey comprised 25 closed-ended questions. The survey was separated into two sections. The initial segment of the poll was identified with the socio-segment qualities that were researched, while the subsequent part was worried about dental practitioners' perspectives toward the management of COVID-19 and the apparent danger of defilement in dental facilities. Results: Coronavirus management in dental clinics differs regarding adherence to the rules. An aggregate of 750 respondents finished the form, out of which 686 (91.46%) complete reactions were incorporated. The majority of the respondents concurred on inquiries regarding the knowledge, practice, and mentality of dental specialists toward the COVID-19 pandemic. Conclusion: The feedback of most dental specialists with respect to the readiness and view of disease control measures against the COVID-19 pandemic was positive. Dental facilities need to adhere more to the central and state government suggestions in alertness of their facilities or by tutoring their dental specialists and staff.


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