Rahul S Naidu

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OBJECTIVE Access to adequate oral health care is deficient in many parts of the world. Many countries are now using dental therapists to increase access, particularly for children. To inform the discussion on dental therapists in the workforce, particularly in the United States, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded a review of the global literature to(More)
The aims of this study were to describe levels of self-rated competency of dental graduates from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and to investigate relationships with gender and the effect of curriculum change. A thirty-two item self-reported postal questionnaire was sent to UWI dental alumni (1994-2002). The questionnaire included twenty-eight(More)
This study ascertained demographic information and prevalence rates of medical problems among 571 new and consecutive dental patients attending the emergency clinic of the School of Dentistry, The University of the West Indies. Patients were interviewed by specially trained and calibrated dental students and interns. Various medical problems of patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe parents' views on the dental health of pre-school children in Trinidad. BASIC RESEARCH DESIGN Self-administered 22 item questionnaire by 138 parents and guardians of pre-school children. CLINICAL SETTING University paediatric dentistry clinic. PARTICIPANTS Consecutive parents or guardians of pre-school children attending a(More)
BACKGROUND Early childhood caries (ECC) is a public health problem due to its impact on children's health, development and well being. Little is known about early childhood oral health in the West Indies or the influence of social and behavioural factors on the prevalence and severity of early childhood caries in this preschool population. The aims of this(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate sources of stress and psychological disturbance in dental students across the five years of undergraduate study at a dental school in Trinidad. Eighty-three percent of students completed a modified version of the Dental Environment Stress questionnaire (DES) and the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI). On a scale ranging(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the oral health and treatment need of schoolchildren in Trinidad and Tobago. DESIGN AND METHOD Cross-sectional survey using stratified cluster sampling. Participants were children in primary (aged 6-8 years) and secondary school (aged 12 and 15 years). Main outcome measures were DMFT/dmft, treatment need, and fluorosis. RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about oral health in early childhood in the West Indies or the views and experiences of caregivers about preventive oral care and dental attendance The aims of this study were to explore and understand parents and caregivers' experience of oral healthcare for their preschool aged children and how, within their own social context,(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of the present study were to investigate the type and prevalence of dental emergencies presenting at a teaching hospital paediatric emergency clinic in Trinidad, and to describe the socio-demographic factors related to the use of the service. DESIGN AND METHODS The authors used a prospective study of consecutive dental patients(More)
The aim of the present study was to determine the views of dental students concerning the acceptability of the use of sedation in the management of dentally anxious children. Dental students in Trinidad (n = 100) were asked to rate the acceptability of vignettes describing the management of a young teenager with dental anxiety. The vignettes varied(More)