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**Mercy Okoh (BDS, FWACS-Oral Med.) *UwailaOtakhoigbogie (BDS)
** Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Medicine Department, School of Dentistry, College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin. * Department of Oral Pathology and Medicine, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria
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Recieved Date: 2017; Accepted Date: 2017; Published Date: 2017

This study evaluates the views and knowledge of family physicians regarding oral medicine practice and their willingness to obtain more education in this field. A cross-sectional, self-administered questionnaire survey of family health physicians in the University of Benin Teaching Hospital was used. The questionnaires data were analyzed by means of computerized statistical package (SPSS Inc., 17. Chicago, IL, USA). The response rate to the survey was 76%. A total of 73.7% males and 26.3% females responded in the study. The mean age of the respondents was 28.74 + 16.04.All the participating family physician (100%) have been consulted by patients for dental problems, only 42.1% of them often refer patients to a dentist. Only 26.3% were well informed about oral medicine. Although our study revealed lack of knowledge in oral medicine practice among the family physicians, their attitude towards readiness to acquire more education about oral health care and implement oral health strategies in their patients is commendable. These findings provide a valuable incentive for planning of a CME program in oral health care among the family physicians. Also, oral health education, prevention knowledge, and recognition skills should be a component of residency training among the family physicians.

Keywords: Knowledge, attitude, family physicians, oral medicine
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