Perception and Knowledge of Dentists in Southern Brazil Related to use of Atraumatic Restorative Treatment in the Public Health Service

Henrique May Schünke, Jessica Knorst, Gabriela Teixeira, Michel Reckziegel, Luana Alves, Katia Braun, Tathiane Lenzi

Abstract


Objective: To investigate the perception and knowledge of dentists regarding use of the Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) in public health services of cities in the central region of Rio Grande do Sul (RS), Brazil. Material and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted using a self-administered questionnaire with 60 dentists who work with public dentistry services. To evaluate possible associations between the use of ART and the independent variables we used the chi-square test and logistic regression models (α = 0.05). Results: Forty-four questionnaires were completed, resulting in a response rate of 73%. Of the respondents, 70.4% supported the use of ART and 81.8% reported having some training in the technique. However, 72.7% consider ART to be a temporary or urgent treatment. Professionals who do not advocate the use of ART were 76% less likely to use the technique when compared to their colleagues who defend the use of the technique (OR = 0.24, 95% CI = 0.06 to 0.98). Conclusion: While most dentists have knowledge and positive attitude towards ART, greater dissemination is required for this technique can be used effectively on the public service.


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public health; primary health care; dental caries

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