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RESEARCH ARTICLE

A Study to Evaluate Awareness of Psychosomatic Factors as a Possible Risk Factor for Periodontal Diseases in General Dental Practitioners of Mangalore City

Dilip G Nayak, Sangeeta Umesh Nayak, Ashita Uppoor, Keshava Pai

Citation Information : Nayak DG, Nayak SU, Uppoor A, Pai K. A Study to Evaluate Awareness of Psychosomatic Factors as a Possible Risk Factor for Periodontal Diseases in General Dental Practitioners of Mangalore City. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2011; 5 (1):19-23.

DOI: 10.5005/johcd-5-1-19

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-01-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Background

Clinical observations and epidemiological studies suggest that some negative life events and psychological factors may contribute to an increased susceptibility to periodontal diseases. Management of periodontal diseases is a fundamental part of general practice. This study explored general dental practitioner's awareness about psychosomatic factors and their role in periodontal disease progression.

Aim

To evaluate the awareness of general dental practioners of Mangalore city and their professional behavior towards patients with stress and depression and periodontal infection.

Method

Data were collected from 55 general dental practitioners of Mangalore city. 27 respondents were purely general practitioners and other were academicians who were practicing general dentistry.

Results

the respondents had awareness about the effect of stress and depression on periodontal tissues and their management. They were able to identify the periodontal conditions which occur primarily because of stress.

Conclusion

The general dental practitioners play a key role in the success of the treatment of periodontal disease since they are the primary care providers. The respondents were significantly aware about the psychological factors such as stress and depression and its significance on periodontium. This may be due to the involvement of more number of young practitioners who were well educated about psychosomatic factors and their effects on periodontium in their dental education.


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