Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 11 - 2021
Assessment of the Impact of Knowledge and Awareness of Forensic Odontology on the Practical Attitude of Some Dental Students and Graduates of King Khalid University

Mohammed MA Abdullah Al-Abdaly1*, Manae Musa Musleh AlAhmari1, Yahya Jaber Alraeeq2, Ahmed Mohammed AlHafith2, Ahmed Hassan Nasser Almughabbirah2 and Fayez Saud Thlaab Alharbi2

1Assistant Professor of Periodontics, Periodontics and Community Dental Sciences Department, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
2College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Mohammed MA Abdullah Al-Abdaly, Assistant Professor of Periodontics, Periodontics and Community Dental Sciences Department, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia.
Received: October 07, 2021; Published: October 27, 2021




Abstract

Background: Forensic odontology is the branch of dentistry that is helping to evaluate, checking and present dental evidence for the benefit of justice. The current study aimed to evaluate the impact of knowledge and awareness of forensic odontology on the practical attitude of some dental students and graduates of King Khalid University.

Subjects and Methods: A Cross-sectional survey study involved 304 dental students and dentists who graduated from King Khalid University. They were divided into three different groups. Group I included 102 (33.6%) dental students from different clinical levels and interns, group II included 84 (27.6%) general practitioners for less than five years old and group III included 118 (38.8%) general practitioners for more than five years old. A closed-ended questionnaire containing 20 questions constructed to test their practical knowledge awareness and attitude towards forensic odontology based on the answering of some questions and using the alternatives answers Yes, No, or do not know. Data were collected and analyzed using the chi-square and t-tests, and a p-value less than 0.05 was considered the statistically significant difference in the assessment of participants' characteristics in the study and their answers according to their academic level and gender.

Results: The questionnaires were received from all participants. 58% of the participants were males, 42% of them were females, and the percentage of group III participants is approximately 38.8%, which is higher than other groups’ participants. The females' participants were more than males' participants in all study groups except group III participants, where the males' participants were more than females' participants. The mean ages of group III participants were 30.19 ys of males, and 29.60 ys of females higher, than in group I (24.72ys, 24 ys) and group II (28.18 ys, 27.63 ys). Differences in the participants' answers detected where there were (No) answers about the knowledge of forensic odontology more than (Yes) answers, as well as this knowledge, was inadequate. In contrast, there was an increase of (Yes) answers about the practical awareness and attitude towards forensic odontology among the participants more than (No) answers.

Generally, the participants of group III revealed positive and adequate knowledge and the practical awareness, and attitude towards forensic odontology more than other participants in group I and II.

Conclusion: The results of this study exhibit that there is no adequate knowledge and awareness of forensic odontology to affect practical attitude among all participants within this study groups, especially among the participants of group I and group II.

Keywords: Dental Students; Forensic Odontology; Graduates; Knowledge; King Khalid University; Practical Attitude

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Citation: Mohammed MA Abdullah Al-Abdaly., et al. “Assessment of the Impact of Knowledge and Awareness of Forensic Odontology on the Practical Attitude of Some Dental Students and Graduates of King Khalid University”. EC Dental Science 20.11 (2021): 48-62.

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