Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 12 - 2021
The Use of Clinical Photography by Dental Students and Practitioners in Saudi Arabia

Raghad Alharbi1*, Lujain Joharji2, Mayasim Alahmadi1, Maram Alzaidi3, Shaymaa Alamoudi4, Waleed Bin Mahfouz5, Malak Al-harbi6 and Nada Alsohaimi6

1General Dentist, Ministry of Health, Al-baha, Saudi Arabia
2General Dentist, Ministry of Health, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
3General Dentist, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
4General Dentist, Ministry of Health, Taif, Saudi Arabia
5General Dentist, Ibn Sina National College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
6Dental Intern, Vision Colleges, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Raghad Alharbi, General Dentist, Ministry of Health, Al-Baha, Saudi Arabia.
Received: November 03, 2021; Published: November 29, 2021




Abstract

Introduction: The utilization of digital photography by dentists has increased over the past decade.

Aim: The current study aimed to evaluate the practice of dental photography among dental students and practitioners in Saudi Arabia, along with their attitudes about dental photography.

Methods: This cross-sectional study collected data from 300 dental students and dentists in Saudi Arabia. The self-administrated questionnaire was disseminated to participants to measure participants’ practices regarding dental photography, benefits of dental photography and barriers to taking clinical photographs. P-value of less than 0.05 is used as significance level.

Results: Among the participants 78.70% usually take dental photographs (for patients or cases) and 49.30% respondents had attended a course in dental photography. The majority (75.70%) do take verbal consent before taking dental photograph, and 56.7% do cover patients eyes. The most important reasons for dental photographs are documentation (72.7%) and monitor the treatment outcome (71.7%). The most common barriers are time consuming (71.3%) and high cost (67.3%).

Conclusion: Most dental students and dentists in Saudi Arabia take dental photographs of their patients using their phone cameras, and they obtain verbal consent when taking dental photographs. It is also recommended that more restrictive guidelines be put in place for the posting of patient information without their permission by medical practitioners and to lead practitioners to avoid spending time on social media to prevent setbacks in academic performance.

Keywords: Clinical Photography; Dental Students; Dentists; Saudi Arabia

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Citation: Raghad Alharbi., et al. “The Use of Clinical Photography by Dental Students and Practitioners in Saudi Arabia”. EC Dental Science 20.12 (2021): 39-45.

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