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Original Article

Tooth Decay Prevention: Knowledge and Practices Survey of Dental Students

Fuad A Al-Sabri, Mohammed Ba-Salamah, Ahmed M El-Marakby, Sherif Okash, Ibrahim H Ghaleb, Saleem Abdulrab

Keywords : Dental students, Fissure sealants, Knowledge, Prevention

Citation Information : Al-Sabri FA, Ba-Salamah M, El-Marakby AM, Okash S, Ghaleb IH, Abdulrab S. Tooth Decay Prevention: Knowledge and Practices Survey of Dental Students. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2019; 12 (2):92-95.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10005-1599

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 00-04-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Objectives: This study aimed to assess the level of knowledge, attitudes, and practices fissure sealants among undergraduate Saudi dental students. Methods: A modified questionnaire consisted of 24-items was distributed among 226 undergraduate dental students, males and females of different years at Al-Farabi Colleges, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Chi-square/Fisher\'s exact tests were used for descriptive statistical analyses. Results: The response rate was 100%. Most of the respondents were male (60.2) and (39.8%) were female. With regard to the level of study, 20.8% were in the fourth year, 43.8% in the fifth year, and 16.8% were in the sixth year. The respondents showed a sensible level of learning about sealants, with the majority (88%) believed that there is strong scientific evidence about fissure sealants effectiveness and around 90% showed a good understanding of sealant placement instructions. Furthermore, respondents demonstrated inadequate learning about sealants clinical practice. Conclusion: Despite a high proportion of undergraduate dental students\' showed sufficient knowledge about dental sealant, following guidelines and standardized procedures in clinical practice is lacking. The findings suggest an urgent need of dental colleges to additionally and/or update their curriculum regarding fissure sealants to reflect advance dental education that concentrates on evidence-based practice (EBP) in Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health need for regular continuing education courses for the dental professional.

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