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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 14-16

Awareness and attitude of medical professionals toward periodontitis in diabetes mellitus patients: A questionnaire study


1 Postgraduate Student, Department of Periodontology, Mansarovar Dental College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Reader, Department of Periodontology, Mansarovar Dental College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
3 Professor and HOD, Department of Periodontology, Mansarovar Dental College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
4 Senior Lecturer, Department of Periodontology, Mansarovar Dental College, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Richa Agrawal
Department of Periodontology, Mansarovar Dental College, Kolar Road, Bhopal - 462 042, Madhya Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/INPC.INPC_10_18

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Introduction: There is developing evidence to support the two-way relationship between diabetes and periodontitis (PD), with diabetes increasing the threat for PD and periodontal inflammation negatively affecting glycemic control. Aim: The objective of this survey was to investigate the dental knowledge of medical doctors regarding PD being a complication of diabetes mellitus and their attitude toward timely referral of such patients to a dental practitioner. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire survey was carried out among medical physicians in all the medical colleges of Bhopal. The questionnaire included 16 questions, and the filled questionnaire was immediately collected and analyzed through SPSS software version 16 and Pearson's correlation test. Results: The present study found that medical practitioners in Bhopal hold a certain awareness about oral health, and that there is an association between periodontal health and diabetes; nevertheless, majority do not sustain the awareness of the nexus between the two. Conclusion: Educational programs can be included in medical and dental curricula to upsurge interprofessional education to enhance care for patients with diabetes and address their treatment needs.


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