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8. Practitioners Perspective towards Association Between Periodontal Disease and Systemic Illness

Mahirah Iqbal1, Zeeshan Danish1, Irfan Salim2, Hussam Muhammad Ashfaq3, Muhammad Ifham Khan Jadoon2 and Shamim Akhtar1


Objective: To determine the knowledge of medical and dental practitioners about association of periodontal diseases and systemic illness.

Study Design: Cross-sectional study

Place and Duration of Study: This study was conducted at the general dentists and general medical practitioners, and medical consultants from Khyber College of Dentistry, Khyber teaching hospital and Khyber medical college in Peshawar for 02 months from September to October 2022.

Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted via a self-designed, close-ended questionnaire on 76 medical and dental practitioners. The inclusion criteria were medical and dental practitioners who have more 5 years experience and both genders.  The dental practitioners who had training or qualification in Periodontics were excluded. The questions asked were; systemic diseases may lead to periodontal disease, periodontal disease may lead to systemic diseases, is it a two-way process, periodontal disease is risk factor for medical conditions. Fisher exact was applied for comparison of awareness among practitioners.

Results: The males were 44 (57.89%) and females were 32 (42.11%). Half of the participants (n=38, 50%) know that ‘systemic diseases lead to periodontal disease’ and similarly 50% know that ‘periodontal disease lead to systemic diseases’. The knowledge for two way relation between periodontal and systemic disease was found in 20 (26.32%). Statistical differences were found for knowledge about ‘systemic diseases lead to periodontal disease’ (p=0.042) and ‘periodontal disease lead to systemic diseases’ (p=0.042) among practitioners.

Conclusion: Dental and medical practitioners have less knowledge about association of periodontal disease and systemic illnes.

Key Words: Awareness, knowledge, association, periodontal disease, medical conditions

Citation of article: Iqbal M, Danish Z, Salim I, Ashfaq HM, Jadoon MIK, Akhtar S. Practitioners' Perspective towards Association between Periodontal Disease and Systemic Illness. Med Forum 2022;33(12):32-35.