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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13-17

Effect of handedness in professional dentists


1 MPT, School of Physiotherapy, D.Y. Patil University, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 B.P.T, Physiotherapist, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Anu Arora
D.Y.Patil University, School of Physiotherapy, Nerul, Navi Mumbai - 400 706, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jdas.jdas_22_17

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Context: The availability of appropriate tools and equipment's according to the dominant hand is very important for safe and effective dental education and professional dental practice. Aims: To study the effect of handedness on professional practice in left and right handed dentists from Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Settings and Design: Cross-sectional study of left handed and right handed dentists (including students pursuing final year in dentistry, interns, post graduate dentists and professional dentists) Subjects and Methods: A self devised questionnaire was drafted with due reference to the review of literature. The pre validated questionnaire was administered to the study subjects via a face-to-face method. Statistical Analysis: Descriptive analysis of the data was done using mean and standard deviations for quantitative data and proportions for qualitative data. Results: 53% of left handed were males rest 47% were females. Currently 53% of the left dominant dental population were using left sided dental chair however 83% would prefer to use left sided chair in their future practice. 93% of the left handed population did not receive suitable tools according to their hand preference. 80% did not receive the guidance based on hand preference during the educational years. 7% of right handed and 20% left handed dentists experienced injuries due to the right biased tools and/equipment's, whereas 7% suffered an injury due to right biased layout of work. 37% of the left handed population believed that their performance would be better if they would have been right hand dominant. Conclusions: Handedness was found to have profound effect in the professional work of dentists in both students studying dentistry as well as in professional dentists.


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