Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 3 - 2021
Under the Mists of COVID-19: Dietary Habit Change and Patients’ Flow to Dental Clinics in KSA
Yasser Y Abdelmagid1*, Aya H Hussein2, Zahra N Abu AlSaud2, Sereen M Kalantan2, Maram M Alras2 and Sultana Y Sharawi2
1Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry Department, Al Farabi Private College for Dentistry and Nursing, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2Al Farabi Private College for Dentistry and Nursing, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Yasser Y Abdelmagid, Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry Department, Al Farabi Private College for Dentistry and Nursing, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Received: January 30, 2021; Published: February 25, 2021




Abstract

The World Health Organization declared Corona Virus 2019 (COVID 19) as a global health crisis in March 11, 2020. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the zero patient was discovered in Qatif, on the 2nd of March 2020 and hence the Saudi government took strict precautions to limit the virus spread. Quarantine was declared in March 23, 2020 and lasted till June 21, 2020; dental care was restricted to emergency services. The lifestyle of the Saudi population changed dramatically in the context of their behaviors, physical activity and dietary habits. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the dietary behavioral change, its impact on the oral health and the conditions of the dental visits throughout the pandemic crisis. A randomized cross-sectional study design will be conducted through an online questionnaire assessing 500 personnel as an initial target.

A major change in the lifestyle of the population is expected which might have a great influence on the oral health and hence the need for dental care. Meanwhile the fear and anxiety from the pandemic is supposed to jeopardize the dental demands of the population and the frequency of dental visits. As the quarantine is over, we assume that the fear from dental care relieves gradually with a gradual increase in the number and diversity of dental visits.

 

Keywords: Pandemic; Quarantine; Lifestyle; Diet; Oral Health; Dental Clinics

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Citation: Yasser Y Abdelmagid., et al. “Under the Mists of COVID-19: Dietary Habit Change and Patients’ Flow to Dental Clinics in KSA”. EC Dental Science 20.3 (2021): 19-30.

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