Cameroonian Dentists’ Opinion On Training And Quality Of Dental Services Rendered By Dental Auxiliaries
Authors: Agbor MA1 (BDS, MSc. Dent), Azodo CC2 (BDS, MSc, MPH) 1-Dental Department, Nkwen Baptist Health Centre, Bamenda,
Cameroon 2-Department of Periodontics, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. Corresponding author: Dr C.C. Azodo, Department of Periodontics. University of Benin Teaching Hospital New Dental Complex P.M.B 1111 Ugbowo Benin-City, Edo State Nigeria 300001. E-mail: Phone: +2348034051699
To assess Cameroonian dentists’ opinion on training and quality of dental services rendered by dental auxiliaries.
Material and Methods:
The questionnaire-based cross-sectional survey was conducted amongst randomly selected dentists from six provinces in Cameroon in the first quarter of 2010.
More than half (51.4%) of the 37 respondents have worked with den-tal auxiliaries for more than 4 years with higher interaction between the respondents and dental therapists (59.5%). Majority approved scaling and polishing and tooth extraction, few approved root canal therapy and none approved minor surgical procedure like salivary stone removal for the dental auxiliaries. Most respondents (86.5%) agreed that dental auxiliaries work well with 30 (81.1%) opining that the quality of services rendered by the dental auxiliaries were very sat-isfactory. A total of 15 (41%) of the respondents thought that dental therapists should work in specific areas with 80% recommending rural areas. Majority of the respondents 30 (81.1%) thought that dental auxiliaries are important in oral health care delivery in Cameroon and 33 (89.2%) of the respondents thought that government should continue the training of dental auxiliaries.
The study revealed high level of interactions between dentists and dental auxiliaries in Cameroon. The respondents’ opinions about den-tal auxiliaries were mostly positive. There existed variability in opinion of respondents about procedures that dental auxiliaries should per-form. The is need for establishment of regulatory agency which would tap and harmonize all the derivable potential from dental auxiliaries.