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Determinants of preventive dental practice for children among final-year dental students in Nigeria



Determinants of preventive dental practice for children among final-year dental students in Nigeria



International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry 24(1): 43-50



This study aims to identify the determinants of caries prevention-oriented practice for children among final-year dental students in Nigeria. A questionnaire was distributed to 179 final-year dental students in six dental schools in Nigeria. It requested information on age, gender, knowledge of caries prevention measures, self-perceived competency in providing caries-preventive care for children, and caries prevention-oriented practice for two hypothetical cases with high and low risk of caries. Chi-squares tests and logistic regression analysis were done. Between 24% and 41% of the respondents indicated their inability to determine the appropriate treatment modality for children with high and low caries risk. Majority of the students failed to differentiate between the caries-preventive practice for children with high and low risk of caries: preventive strategies for children with high caries risk were also used for those with low caries risk. Age, gender, knowledge of caries prevention measures, and self-perceived competency in providing caries-preventive care were not associated with student's capacity to provide caries-preventive practice for children. Caries-preventive practice among dental students in Nigeria could be improved. It may be important to explore the possible role of problem-based learning approach in addressing this challenge.

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DOI: 10.1111/ipd.12024


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