Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 3 - 2021
Population Knowledge and Awareness Concerning Dental Radiography. A Cross-Sectional Study
Wafa Al Faleh, Azizah Bin Mubayrik* and Sara Al Dosary
Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Science Department, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Azizah Bin Mubayrik, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Science Department, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Received: February 05, 2021; Published: February 25, 2021




Abstract

Introduction: Oral radiology plays indispensable role in every discipline in dentistry. Assessing public knowledge and concern may aid in increasing the compliance and help in overcoming be misleading, confusing, or incorrect information circulating among public.

Aim: Aim of this survey was to assess the knowledge and awareness of general population concerning dental radiograph used in dentistry.

Study Design: Cross-sectional study.

Materials and Methods: This survey is based on 7 question to assess the level of knowledge and 8 questions to assess the awareness, sliding scales were used to assess knowledge whereas awareness was assisted using yes or no questions.

Results: A total of 437 participant included in this survey, 62% of participant depend on multiple sources of information to gain their knowledge about hazard of radiation, 64.3% strongly believed that oral radiography may carry risk to them. 85.8% knew it is not suitable for pregnant women as well as it is harmful for growing children (63,1%). 49% of the participant unable to decide whether x-ray harmful to pregnant women with use of lead apron after forth months, as well as if the digital panoramic has less radiation than conventional one. Most participant displayed good level of awareness regarding the sensitivity of the thyroid gland, the majority of the sample not aware about the type of imaging they had received and have no idea if the digital imaging or the guideline for descripting radiograph to children. The knowledge. Affected significantly by Gender, marital status and previous radiographs.

Conclusion: It is critical issue in dentistry to identify the knowledge and awareness of population concerning the safe uses and follow the recommend guidelines of prescribing dental radiograph because this will determine the response and acceptance of individuals to dental radiographs. Surveying patients is recommended method to obtain and document their knowledge and awareness about dental radiograph they encounter in daily basis when visiting dentist.

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Citation: Wafa Al Faleh., et al. “Population Knowledge and Awareness Concerning Dental Radiography. A Cross-Sectional Study”. EC Dental Science 20.3 (2021): 39-48.

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