Knowledge and management of traumatic dental injuries in a group of Saudi primary schools teachers

Dent Traumatol. 2010 Aug;26(4):338-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-9657.2010.00894.x.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the knowledge level of a group of Saudi primary school teachers in the management of dental trauma. A three-part questionnaire on demographic data and knowledge was distributed to the teachers in Riyadh city. Twenty-four selected schools were visited and 277 teachers participated in the study of which 5 of them had formal education in dental injuries. Concerning knowledge, 124 teachers (44.8%) believed dental trauma emergency should be dealt with immediately. This study showed that majority of teachers were not aware of the most favorable storage media for avulsed permanent teeth. It was concluded that the majority of Saudi primary school teachers in Riyadh city do not know how to handle a child who sustains dental injury.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Child
  • Dental Care
  • Emergency Treatment / methods
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Organ Preservation Solutions / therapeutic use
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Schools
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Teaching*
  • Tooth Avulsion / therapy
  • Tooth Fractures / therapy
  • Tooth Injuries / therapy*
  • Tooth Replantation
  • Young Adult


  • Organ Preservation Solutions