Knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH) amongst German dental students
AuthorElhennawy, K; Anang, M; Splieth, C; Bekes, K; Manton, DJ; Hedar, Z; Krois, J; Jost-Brinkmann, P-G; Schwendicke, F
Source TitleInternational Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
University of Melbourne Author/sManton, David
AffiliationMelbourne Dental School
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsElhennawy, K., Anang, M., Splieth, C., Bekes, K., Manton, D. J., Hedar, Z., Krois, J., Jost-Brinkmann, P. -G. & Schwendicke, F. (2020). Knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH) amongst German dental students. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRIC DENTISTRY, 31 (4), pp.486-495. https://doi.org/10.1111/ipd.12715.
Access StatusOpen Access
BACKGROUND: Knowledge of molar incisor hypomineralization (MIH) has relevance for paediatric dentists. AIM: To assess final-year German dental students' knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding MIH. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A previously validated questionnaire was posted to the 31 German dental schools. Demographic covariates as well as knowledge regarding diagnosis and prevalence, and attitudes and beliefs around aetiology and management were collected. RESULTS: Twenty-two (71%) dental schools responded and a total of 877 students participated. Most (97%) were familiar with MIH and 88% were aware of the diagnostic criteria for MIH; however, only 42% knew how to implement them. One-third were able to identify MIH and 16% reported diagnostic confidence when doing so; 90% assumed the MIH prevalence to be <10%. Two-thirds of the respondents implicated genetic components as the main aetiological factor of MIH. Resin composite (60%) and preformed metal crowns (46%) were the dental materials most often suggested for restorative management. Almost all (98%) respondents were interested in receiving more clinical training. CONCLUSION: German students were familiar with MIH; however, they reported low levels of knowledge and confidence regarding its prevalence and diagnosis. Standardized nationwide, up-to-date curricula should be implemented to educate future dentists in Germany.
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