Knowledge, attitude and practices towards eco-friendly dentistry among dental practioners

V Prathima, Krishna Priya Vellore, Arpitha Kotha, Saka Malathi, Vedati Santosh Kumar, Mrunalini Koneru

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Aim: The survey aims to assess the knowledge, attitude and practices regarding eco -friendly dentistry among dental practitioners.

Material and Methods: The cross sectional study was conducted among 800 dental practitioners selected through a systematic random sampling. Data was collected using the pretested structured closed ended questionnaire. The first part of the questionnaire consisted of the demographic details and the second part awareness on eco-friendly dentistry, its associations and implemented strategies in their practice, their support and opinion towards this concept.

Results: Among the total sample only 13.1% were aware of EFD Association. 76% (608) of the total sample reported that they were aware of harm done to the environment by dental practice. Among the total participants, majority 57.9% reported that they implement the strategy of proper protocol for waste disposal. Among the total sample 91.9% (735) of them gave positive opinion on emphasis to be made on implementing these strategies.

Conclusions: Significant difference was found in gender, specialty, place of practice and type of practice related with knowledge attitude and practice on eco friendly dentistry. Significant difference was found in study subjects related with awareness on eco friendly dentistry concept, following the concept, awareness on the harm done by dental practice, opinion on emphasis to be made on implementing these strategies.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19177/jrd.v4e42016123-127

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Journal of Research in Dentistry, University of Southern of Santa Catarina, Santa Catarina, ISSN 2317-5907