Table 5: Awareness of the dentists (sub groups) regarding the relationship between periodontal diseases and systemic conditions.

Answer Interns GP* Periodontists Other Dentists
Is periodontal disease a complication of diabetes mellitus? Yes 91.9 93.0 75.0 87.2
Should diabetic patients be routinely referred to a dentist? Yes 96.8 97.3 96.4 97.1
Does active periodontal disease have an influence on the glucose level of the diabetic patient? Yes 62.9 61.0 92.9 54.1
Does periodontal treatment have an effect on the glucose level of the diabetic patient? Yes 48.4 47.6 89.3 44.2
Is HbA1C the best and most accurate lab test for control of diabetes mellitus patients? Yes 69.3 56.1 85.7 60.0
Is periodontitis an independent risk factor to develop myocardial infarction? Yes 50.8 56.9 46.2 45.3
Does periodontal treatment have an effect in reducing systemic inflammatory markers? Yes 70.5 82.8 88.5 77.6
Is gingival enlargement the most common oral manifestation for Nifedipine? Yes 78.7 78.2 96.2 70.2
Can dental treatment be proceeded without stopping aspirin? Yes 60.7 63.8 46.2 53.4
Do you have to stop aspirin (≥3 days) before proceeding with dental treatment? Yes 29.5 32.8 50.0 36.6
Do you believe that active periodontal disease may lead to preterm delivery and low birth weight? Yes 48.3 47.6 84.6 48.4
What is the best trimester of pregnancy to perform elective dental treatment? Second 86.2 93.5 80.8 86.2

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