Aim: To evaluate knowledge and awareness of school teachers in respect to manage the dental trauma, check the background of dental trauma education and to estimate the incidents during their teaching experience.
Introduction: The most commonly affected part of the body during accidents and sports injuries in kids are teeth and the surrounding structures. Traumatic dental injuries are a major pediatric concern for the dentist, parents and the society. School is one of the locations with the greatest prevalence of traumatic dental injuries. A significant number of school-aged children experience trauma of some sort to primary or permanent dentition.
Methodology: A two stage sampling procedure was followed in the section of the study participants during the first stage by applying simple random sampling procedure, 24 schools out of the total 471 schools from the entire district were selected. In the second stage by considering each selected school as a cluster/unit, the total number of school teachers in each cluster who were present on the day was 285 included as study participants; thus a total of 285 school teachers constituted the final sample.
Results: Out of the 285 teachers who participated in the study, 136 had less than 6 years teaching experience 68 had 6-10 years, 39 had 11-15 years 23 had 16-20 and 19 teachers had more than 20 years of experience.
Discussion: Majority of teachers responded that the upper front teeth are most commonly traumatized and female teachers were more knowledgeable compared to their male counterparts, regarding the growth pattern of child’s dentition. This can be owed to the caring nature and closeness of female to children.