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Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry



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Oral Health Prev Dent 14 (2016), No. 2     5. Apr. 2016
Oral Health Prev Dent 14 (2016), No. 2  (05.04.2016)

Page 125-135, doi:10.3290/j.ohpd.a34999, PubMed:26525124

Practice of Sealants and Preventive Resin Restorations Among Malaysian Dentists
Chin, Zhe W. / Chong, Wai S. / Mani, Shani A.
Purpose: To assess the knowledge, attitude and utilisation regarding fissure sealants (FS) and preventive resin restorations (PRR) among Malaysian dentists.
Materials and Methods: A questionnaire consisting of 35 questions was distributed by mail or an online survey to 425 registered dentists selected according to place of work by stratified random sampling.
Results: One hundred fifty-three dentists responded to the survey. A positive attitude towards FS and PRR was noted among most Malaysian dentists. About half of the respondents used FS/PRR occasionally (48.4%), while few (13.7%) applied them routinely. The majority of the dentists agreed that minimally invasive dentistry is important and FS are effective in caries prevention, using them on high caries-risk individuals. Most of the dentists used pumice or paste to clean teeth before placing FS/PRR. A significant number of dentists used a bonding agent prior to placing FS. Although only 57.5% dentists were aware of guidelines for FS use, most dentists agreed that guidelines are important.
Conclusion: Although there was a positive attitude towards FS/PRR, few dentists applied them routinely. Some of the steps undertaken for placement of FS and PRR were outdated. Updating local guidelines for dentists to ensure uniform practice of FS and PRR is justified.

Keywords: attitude, fissure sealants, knowledge, Malaysian dentists, preventive resin restorations, utilisation