Introduction: Ectodermal dysplasias (EDs) are an inherited group of disorders that share in general developmental defects concerning minimum two of the major structures characteristically held to derive from embryonic ectoderm – hair, teeth, skin and sweat glands. Aim and Objectives: The rationale of this questionnaire study was to assess the knowledge and awareness of dental students regarding ectodermal dysplasia and the management of ectodermal dysplasia patients. Materials and Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted during the academic year in June 2018 among the undergraduate dental students of Awadh Dental College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. 150 students were randomly enrolled in the study including third year, final year and intern students. All students in the study voluntarily completed a questionnaire consisting of 24 closed ended questions. Results: 67 % of the students had a basic knowledge of the etiology of the disease.82 % of the students were aware of the clinical manifestations of ectodermal dysplasia and 78% of the students respectively answered that they were not aware of precautions that are required to be taken. Conclusions: Most of the dental students had good knowledge about ectodermal dysplasia and dental management of patients with ectodermal dysplasia except for few aspects in treatment.
Key words: dental students, ectodermal dysplasia, hereditary disorder, developmental defects, Oral rehabilitation.