Diagnosis of Dental Fluorosis Made By Undergraduate Dental Students

  • Hassam Anjum Mir Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Sana Ashfaq Armed Forces Institute of Dentistry/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Saleha Shahid Army Medical College/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi Pakistan
Keywords: Dean’s index, Diagnosis, Flourosis, Undergraduate

Abstract

Objective: To determine the ability of students to diagnose and decide the correct treatment of fluorosis.

Study Design: Cross-sectional study.

Place and Duration of Study: Tertiary care Dental Hospital, Rawalpindi, from May to Jun 2017.

Methodology: A self-administered questionnaire containing seven pictures of different severity of fluorosis was used to assess the knowledge of students of third-year and final-year BDS.

Results: A total of 88 BDS students were included in the study. As for the question of severity, picture-5 had the correct answer 81 (92%), whereas picture-4 had the least correct answer 6 (6.8%). Picture-5 had the correct answer 77 (87.5%) for the treatment question and picture-4 had the least correct answer 6 (6.8%). Picture-5 only showed a significant difference (p= 0.001) with more correct answers for 3rd-year BDS students. More than 50% of the students correctly identified only three of the seven pictures. Severe cases were most correctly diagnosed and mild cases were least correctly diagnosed.

Conclusion: Out of the seven lesions shown to the students, only three were correctly diagnosed by more than 50% of the students. Therefore, more lectures and clinical hours for the study of fluorosis are needed.

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Published
2022-02-28
How to Cite
Mir, H., Ashfaq, S., & Shahid, S. (2022). Diagnosis of Dental Fluorosis Made By Undergraduate Dental Students. PAFMJ, 72(1), 194-97. Retrieved from https://www.pafmj.org/index.php/PAFMJ/article/view/8271
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