A Survey to Assess Pediatric Dentists’ Acquaintance with Detection and Effective Treatments of Periodontal Diseases in Children As Well As Adolescents


  • Dr. Jishnu Nath, Dr. Anuve Hrishi Phukan, Dr. Debjani Chakraborty, Dr. Jumnyak Kamchi


Background: Acquainting pediatric dentists with the risk factors as well as signs for periodontal infections in children in addition to adolescents’ diseases is indispensable for an efficacious initial detection as well as therapy.

Objectives: This investigation was formed to establish pediatric dentists’ acquaintance with detection in addition to effective therapies of periodontal infections in children as well as adolescents.

Methods: A 21-item questionnaire was mailed or e-mailed to the 100 associates of the Pediatric Dentists followed by its distribution at the annual meeting. Reactions were analysed utilising the chi-square statistical technique.

Results: The majority of paediatric dentists who responded operated in private practice (73%) and conveyed evaluating patients' periodontal status every 6 months (98 %) utilising radiographs along with visual assessments, with 21% together with a periodontal probe in their examination kit. Periodontitis was identified once every few months in non-private practises, whereas gingivitis was diagnosed daily. The majority of paediatric dentists were aware of the risk factors linked to the occurrence of periodontal infections. For the therapy of aggressive periodontitis, about half of the paediatric dentists utilised oral hygiene instructions (OHI), scaling as well as root planning, as well as prophylaxis, while only 24% utilised an antibiotic regimen. Increased referral rates were linked to increased information of parameters for diagnosing periodontal disease. The majority of dentists were certain in diagnosing and evaluating give treatment toed periodontitis, but less so in therapy planning. Correct therapy choices were linked to confidence in therapy planning/therapy.

Conclusions: Most paediatric dentists regularly evaluated periodontitis apart from being acquaint with its risk factors, but they were less acquainted with and certain in its therapy and the usage of critical diagnostic tools.