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One out of two children sustained a dental injury. The 7-11-year-old age group is the most commonly affected age range, school professionals should be aware of the importance of immediate treatment procedures in cases of tooth avulsion 1. It has been shown that when a child reaches school age, accidents at the school, usually falls are the main cause for traumatic dental injuries. Dental trauma can vary from a minor enamel chip to an extensive damage involving the supporting structures and displacement or avulsion of teeth. Avulsed permanent incisors in children should be replanted immediately if possible 2. However, the prognosis depends on prompt and appropriate emergency management which usually needs to be provided by persons that are going to be present at the time of the injury such as school teachers or parents 3. Children are exposed to accidents due to their daily activities. Most of them occur at school with dental avulsions fairly common 1. For this reason, participation of the school teachers in the emergency management is fundamental to provide good care to the injured child. The quality of the emergency management procedures will directly affect the long term prognosis of the avulsed teeth. Children of 7-11 of age and their maxillary incisors are the most affected by dental trauma. More effective communication between dentist and school teachers its need it in order to handle dental emergencies 4.
Previous studies have documented unawareness of school professionals with respect to emergency procedures for management of avulsed permanent teeth 3,4 . However, this is not an isolated finding. Other studies have also demonstrated lack of knowledge of school professionals regarding dental trauma 1 . Therefore, there is an oncoming need to establish standard operational procedures about initial treatment of tooth avulsion, in order to increase the prognosis of the affected teeth.
Tooth avulsion “ knocked out teeth” is common accident in young children, and most teeth need to be replanted, but the knowledge of teachers in this emergency situation appears to be limited. The purpose of this survey is to collect data about the knowledge of teachers on the emergency management of avulsed teeth after injury.