Awareness of Teledentistry Amongst Dental Professionals in India Amid COVID-19 Pandemic. A Cross-Sectional Study


Affiliations

  • Pacific Dental College and Research Center, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
  • Gujarat University, Department of Prosthodontics, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 380013, India
  • Dental Concept, Guwahati, Consultant Endodontist, Guwahati, Assam, India
  • Ministry of Health & Family welfare, Girdih, Dental Surgeon, Jharkhand, India
  • Inderprastha Dental College & Hospital, Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, New Delhi, India
  • Conquer Hospital, Consultant Periodontist, Andhra Pradesh, India

Abstract

Background: COVID-19 has become a crisis across the country these days, which likewise changed living of individual to entity contact and its spread. There the presentation of Teledentistry will be the solitary solution that will have the option to treat patients quickly and expertly. Aim: The current study aims to assess the awareness of dental professionals towards teledentistry during COVID-19 crisis in India. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive survey was conceded on over all 142 dentists. A self-organized, close-ended questionnaire containing 20 questions was appropriately assembled and distributed. Data collected from the survey was examined in terms of frequency (yes/no). One Way Anova test was used to exemplify statistical variances and result came as significant at p < 0.05. Results: The responses from specialist dental professionals (with or without practicing) responded (57%) and dentist working in a private sector (68%) having clinical experience of about 5-10 years (36%). Conclusion: Dentists were well aware of this advanced technique and due to feasibility, most of them were ready to practice it in future.

Keywords

COVID-19, Dentist, Teledentistry

Full Text:

References

Preeti Chawla Arora et al, Teledentistry: An innovative tool for the underserved population, Digit Med 2019; 5: 6–12.

Avnica Agarwal, et al. Teledentistry: A Review on its Present Status and Future Perspectives. Acta Scientific Dental Sciences 2019; 3: 134–138.

American Dental Association. State and community models for improving access to dental care for the underserved – A White Paper. Chicago: American Dental Association; 2004.

Fricton J, Chen H. using Teledentistry to Improve Access to Dental Care for the Underserved. Dent Clin North Am 2009; 53: 537–48.

Reddy KV. Using Teledentistry for providing the specialist access to rural Indians. Indian J Dent Res 2011; 22: 189.

Cooper BR, Engeswick LM. Knowledge, attitudes, and confidence levels of dental hygiene students regarding teledentistry: A pilot study. Internet J Allied Health Sci Pract 2007; 5: 1–4.

Purohit BM, Singh A, Dwivedi A. Utilization of teledentistry as a tool to screen for dental caries among 12‑year‑old school children in a rural region of India. J Public Health Dent 2017; 77: 174–80.

Tomar D, Menon I, Tyagi U, Singh A, Goyal J, Singh RP, et al. Assessment of awareness about teledentistry among dentists in a private dental college of Muradnagar, Ghaziabad. J Dent Spec 2018; 6: 8–12.

Murererehe J, Uwambaye1 P, Isyagi M, Nyandwi T, Njunwa K. Knowledge, attitude and practices of dental professionals in Rwanda towards the benefits and applications of teledentistry. Med Health Sci 2017; 4: 39–47.

Latif N, Alam NA, Abdullah S. Knowledge and attitude of dentists towards tele‑dentistry in Pakistan. Pak Oral Dent J 2016; 36: 205–9.

Ata SO, Ozkan S. Information Technology in Oral Health Care: attitudes of Dental Professionals on the Use of Teledentistry in Turkey. European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems. Available from: http://www.sid.ir/fa/VEWSSID/Jpdf/61613930110.pdf.

Julienne Murererehe, Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Dental Professionals in Rwanda towards the Benefits and Applications of Teledentistry, Rwanda Journal Series F: Medicine and Health Sciences 2017; 4: 39–47.

Pradhan, et al.: Survey on knowledge, awareness, and attitudes regarding teledentistry. J Edu Health Promot, May 2019; 8: 1–5.

Torres‑Pereira CC, Morosini Ide A, Possebon RS, Giovanini AF, Bortoluzzi MC, Leao JC, et al. Teledentistry: Distant diagnosis of oral disease using e‑mails. Telemed J E Health 2013; 19: 117–21.

Ignatius E, Makela K, Happonen RP, Perala S. Teledentistry in Dental Specialist Education in Finland. J Telemed Telecare 2006; 12: 46–9.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.