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Knowledge and Usage of the Periodontal Screening and Recording Among Military Dental Providers and Hygienists


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This study evaluated the knowledge base of the Periodontal screening and recording(PSR) examination in a cohort of active duty, government service, and government contract dental providers. A novel 10 question survey was created using the Army Technical Bulletin Medical 250 (TB MED 250) Appendix F, which outlines all of the criteria for performing and interpreting the PSR examination. Participants were not made aware of the survey, or when it would be administered, and were informed that participation was completely voluntary. The hypothesis was that the dental providers at the Fort Bragg Dental Health Activity (DHA) did not possess a thorough working knowledge of the PSR examination. Survey results showed a median score of 70% on the survey with only 8 of the 103 participants scoring 100% which shows thorough knowledge of the PSR examination. It was concluded that the Fort Bragg DHA has a deficiency in knowledge of the PSR examination which is a critical portion of the annual examination process for all US Army Soldiers. Future research on this topic should simultaneously be expanded across the Army Dental Corps, and trained locally at the Fort Bragg DHA, and retested after a training protocol is implemented.



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