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Periodontal disease is known to have bilateral associations with various systemic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and poor pregnancy outcomes. [4] Gram‑positive infection is a predominant cause of periodontal disease with the potential vascular dissemination of these microorganisms and their toxins such as lipopolysaccharides through sulcular epithelium reaches systemic circulation and induces major vascular response. [5‑7] This host response can offer explanatory mechanism for the interaction between periodontal inflammation and variety of systemic diseases. [8‑14] Although the distinction between the two terms “medical professionals” and “dentists” is rather vague with the terms not being mutually exclusive, the intention of usage of “medical professionals” in this study was to refer to those teaching and practicing medicine. Since patients are more likely to seek oral health care from medical professionals than from dentists, the purpose of the study is to assess the awareness Access this article online Website: DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_253_16 Quick Response Code: How to cite this article: Dhulipalla R, Marella Y, Keerthana AJ, Pillutla HP, Chintagunta C, Polepalle T. Awareness of periodontal disease and its management among medical faculty in Guntur district: A questionnaire-based study. J Indian Soc Periodontol; doi: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_253_16. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‑NonCommercial‑ShareAlike 3.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non‑commercially, as long as the author is credited and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms. For reprints contact: [email protected] [Downloaded free from on Friday, September 15, 2017, IP: 36.79.172.174]
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Dhulipalla, et al .: Periodontal disease awareness 3 Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology of periodontal disease, its influence on general health, and attitude toward periodontal disease management among medical professionals in Guntur district. MATERIALS AND METHODS This cross‑sectional study was conducted among 150 teaching medical professionals of different branches in different medical institutes in Guntur district. All the three medical institutions in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh were included in the study. All the faculties who were present on the days of collection of data and who were willing to participate were included in the study. The response rate was 60.08%. The study protocol was approved by the Institutional Ethical Committee. A self‑administered, close‑ended questionnaire comprising 16 questions was distributed in respective colleges and collected on the next day. The questionnaires comprising variegated aspects of periodontal diseases such as etiology, systemic influences, oral hygiene measures, and various treatment approaches.
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