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Acta stomatologica Croatica, Vol.47 No.4 December 2013. -

Background: The advances in application of dental stem cells seem unparalleled in coming years, for which specialized skills and knowledge are of prime importance. Also, there is a need to understand the knowledge, perception and awareness regarding this topic. In India, application of stem cells in dentistry is at a nascent stage and there is limited awareness and knowledge regarding their application. Objective: This study was undertaken with an aim to compare the knowledge, awareness and attitude of post-graduate students and dental scientists towards the use of stem cells in dentistry. Methods: Questionnaire-based study of 100 dental rofessionals MDS and BDS and post-graduate students from 3 dental colleges in Jaipur. Results: Ninety nine percent of the respondents were positive regarding the future of stem-cell application in dentistry. Sixty seven percent see it achieved within 10 years. Respondents had knowledge of classification of stem-cells 68%, sources of dental stem cells 59% and applications in dentistry 71%. Chi-Square tests showed significant association between academic-levels and application of dental stem-cells. 60% of professionals recognized insufficient knowledge-skill as barriers inhibiting patients from seeking dental stem cell therapy. Conclusion: There is a positive attitude towards dental stem cells, although the knowledge about this method is limited. The knowledge is based on the qualification and not the experience. There is a need to increase knowledge among professionals regarding clinical application of the same.

Stem cells; Dentistry; Attitude of Health Personnel; Students, Dental

Autor: Anup Nagraj - ; Department of Public Health Dentistry, Jaipur Dental College, India Siddharth Acharya - ; Department of Public He



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