Table 3

Distribution and mean ± standard deviation of scores for the questions
QUESTIONS Percentages *Mean ± SD
1 2 3 4 5
Strongly disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly agree
Knowledge
Q1 I think that the effectiveness of fissure sealants is supported by strong scientific evidence. 5.5 8.5 21.8 27.2 37.0 3.82±1.18
Q2 There is scientific evidence for the restorative use of dental sealants. 7.0 15.5 35.5 22.2 19.8 3.32±1.16
Q3 I am familiar with the technique of placing dental sealants. 6.8 3.8 14.8 33.5 41.2 3.99±1.15
Q4 I believe that fissure sealants should be reviewed after placement. 1.8 2.0 14.0 30.0 52.2 4.29±0.90
Q5 I understand the instructions for placing sealants. 1.8 3.0 26.0 27.2 42.0 4.05±0.98
Q6 I think that sealants should only be used on newly erupted teeth 21.8 14.2 21.5 20.0 22.5 3.07±1.45
Q7 I think that sealants wear out easily. 6.0 17.5 32.8 26.2 17.5 3.32±1.13
Q8 I believe that you must perform a caries risk assessment to prevent overtreatment. 4.8 3.0 26.2 34.2 31.8 3.85±1.05
Q9 Pit and fissure sealants have adverse effects. 28.5 21.5 25.0 14.8 10.2 2.57±1.31
Q10 I believe the technique of applying a sealant is the most important aspect to the success of the treatment. 9.5 10.8 28.0 28.8 23.0 3.45±1.22
Q11 I agree that resin sealants are more effective than glass ionomer sealant. 7.6 13.0 33.6 27.0 18.8 3.36±1.15
Q12 The most important factor for adhesion to occur in sealant placement is proper acid etching. 6.8 5.5 26.2 34.8 26.7 3.69±1.13
Value
Q13 I think this technique takes time to do correctly. 39.0 35.2 19.5 5.8 0.5 1.94±0.92
Q14 The materials that are used for the placement of sealants are very expensive. 23.1 38.7 25.1 10.8 2.3 2.30±1.01
Q15 I do not use sealants very often as a preventive method because its effect is short lived. 25.0 28.2 18.0 19.5 9.2 2.60±1.30
Q16 Fissure sealants are used less than they should be. 9.5 6.8 27.1 31.4 25.1 3.56±1.21
Q17 The dental staff at my clinic communicate importance of using sealants to the patients. 8.9 13.5 36.1 19.6 21.9 3.32±1.21
Opinion
Q18 It is difficult to explain to patients what dental sealants are. 25.5 21.2 21.8 25.8 5.8 2.65±1.27
Q19 It is difficult to justify the cost of sealants to parents 15.8 18.3 31.3 22.6 12.0 2.97±1.24
Q20 I think my patients understand the benefits of using sealants. 28.0 23.0 31.1 9.3 8.6 2.47±1.23
Q21 It is necessary to promote the use of sealants amongst dentists and dental educators. 4.0 11.8 19.3 30.6 34.3 3.79±1.15
Q22 I apply sealants because the oral public health community instructs me to. 55.9 23.5 13.6 4.7 2.3 1.74±1.02
Q23 I use dental sealant in the oral public sector because it is easy to apply and patients find it comfortable. 66.5 15.8 16.3 1.5 0.0 1.53±0.82
Q24 Since working in the oral health public community, I have greater belief in the effectiveness of sealants. 42.9 18.4 25.9 8.0 4.7 2.13±1.19
Practice
Q25 I sometimes avoid dental sealants for the possibility of sealing over caries. 14.2 15.0 23.0 22.8 25.0 3.29±1.37
Q26 I think sealants, besides being a preventive method, can also have a restorative effect and can be used on incipient caries. 35.6 25.1 17.8 13.3 8.3 2.34±1.30
Q27 This sealing technique, when used alongside fluoride application, may reduce the rate of decay more significantly. 5.5 8.0 30.5 24.5 31.5 3.68±1.16
Q28 In the case of partial or total loss of sealant, I would recommend reapplication. 6.8 13.1 21.2 25.9 33.0 3.65±1.25
Q29 The most important factor for adhesion to occur in sealant placement is proper insolation. 2.5 5.0 17.6 37.8 37.0 4.02±0.99
Q30 The most important factor for adhesion to occur in sealant placement is proper acid etching. 4.0 5.3 27.9 38.9 23.9 3.73±1.01
Q31 The benefits of using sealants should be considered with regard to the patient’s risk of caries and clinicians should follow specific guidelines 2.8 8.1 38.5 25.9 24.7 3.62±1.03

San Martin et al.

San Martin et al. BMC Oral Health 2013 13:12   doi:10.1186/1472-6831-13-12

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