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Title: Knowledge and attitude of dental health workers towards fluoride in Riyadh area
Authors: Al-Mobeerik, A.
Al-Shamrani, S.
Al-Hussyeen, A.
Keywords: Knowledge; attitude; dental health workers; fluoride; Riyadh
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Saudi Medical Journal, Riyadh
Citation: Saudi Medical Journal; 22(11): 1004-1007
Abstract: To assess the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of the dentists and hygienists in the Riyadh area of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia towards fluoride. METHODS: One hundred and thirty dentists and hygienist working in dental clinics in Riyadh were randomly selected. Self-administered questionnaires covered the following areas: general information, the use and application of fluoride, pharmacodymanics and pharmacokinetics of fluoride. The subjects responded to each of the statements by ticking one of the 3-scaled options from "agree" to "disagree". RESULTS: The majority of the respondents (65%) supported an assessment of the pattern of dental caries before fluoridating the water, 23% disagreed and 5% did not know. Also one hundred and three (79%) of the sample supported fluoridation of water, 16 (12%) disagreed, and 4 (3%) did not know. Fifty-five (42%) agreed that dental caries are expected to increase if fluoridating water is discontinued for one year, while 52 (40%) disagreed and 16 (12%) did not know. In addition, there was a low score concerning knowledge of side effects and toxicity of fluoride among health care workers. Overall, there was no statistical significance between academics and non-academics. CONCLUSION: There was a good attitude and knowledge of fluoride as a preventive measure among dentists. This study also demonstrated that the majority of the health care professionals in Riyadh area were in favor of water and milk fluoridation, however; there was a lack of knowledge regarding side effects and toxicity.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/15896
ISSN: 0379-5284
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