Vol - 30, Issue - 12
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International Medical Journal
Journal ID : IMJ-12-12-2023-1669
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Abstract : Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) is an evidence-based contemporary procedure to arrest, prevent and reverse clinically manifested dental caries. CAMBRA is more preventive and less restorative than conventional way of caries treatment. It has shown promising results in reduction of caries prevalence but it has not been widely accepted by the dentists around the globe, especially in developing countries. Sudanese dentists are no exemption and mostly found treating the caries by old fashioned “drilling and filling” despite the fact they possess updated pedagogic knowledge about modern methods of caries management. This study will help us gather the basic data about the status of caries management in Sudan. If found necessary to bring in any alteration in the caries management modality, strategies will be developed at the curricular level in the University of Khartoum. The aim of this survey was to report on (assess) knowledge of senior dental students, general dental practitioners, postgraduate students and specialist in Conservative and Pediatric Dentistry at Khartoum University about current caries management rules versus their clinical practices. This observational cross-sectional study was purely concerning academics and was done at Khartoum University, the oldest university in the country, where such academic studies can be conducted. A content validated questionnaire was distributed among senior dental students and dentists working in Paediatric and Conservative Departments at Khartoum University. The clinical undergraduate and post graduate students studying at Faculty of Dentistry, Khartoum University in Sudan responded at a modest response rate of 80 % inclusive of both genders. It is evident from the findings of this study that most of the responding students have comprehensive knowledge about clinical management of caries but clinical implementation of this educational knowledge is almost non-existing. Updated pedagogic knowledge about modern methods of caries management were taught to students yet, new strategies will have to be developed at undergraduate level to prepare future dentist well abreast with modern conventions of caries treatment.

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