Original Article

IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 190-195

Knowledge and awareness of different dental specialties among the population of Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Albraa B. Alolayan, Yaser A. Alsahafi, Abdulmajeed Khald Alobodi,, Abdullah Muhyialdeen Mahfouz, Maram Taher Alnakhli, Abdulrahman Eyad Abulfaraj.

ABSTRACT

Background: Oral health is an essential part of general health. Many studies have mentioned the usage of oral health services to be often symptoms-oriented, despite the availability of oral health specializations to serve different oral health problems. A common person usually cannot differentiate between other dental specialties. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the level of knowledge and awareness about different dental specialties among the population of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. Methodology: In this cross-sectional study, 344 participants were randomly enrolled, among them 63.4% were female, and 36.6% were male. A pre-tested questionnaire was used in the data collection. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences was used to analyze the collected data. Results: The findings of this study indicated that 63.1% of the participants do not go to the dental clinic periodically for checkups, while the majority of visits reported were every 6 months (10.2%). The mean score for the knowledge and awareness regarding different dental specialties was 4.4 2.0. Overall, the percentage of the participants who had a good level of knowledge was 3.5%; 44.5% had an average level of knowledge; and 52% had a poor level of knowledge. We found that there was an association between age group and level of knowledge (p = 0.048). We did not find any association between the level of knowledge and the following factors: gender (p = 0.054) and level of education (p = 0.113). Conclusion: This study revealed a knowledge gap that exists about dentistry specialties. An eye-catching outcome reported in this study was poor adherence to periodic dental visits observed even among health workers.

Keywords:
Knowledge, awareness, dental specialties, Madinah, Saudi Arabia


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Knowledge and awareness of different dental specialties among the population of Madinah, Saudi Arabia


Authors
Albraa B Alolayan
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Dental College and Hospital, Madinah, Saudi Arabia
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Yaser A Alsahafi
Dental Public Health, College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulmajeed Khald Alobodi
College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia
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College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia
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Abdullah Muhyialdeen Mahfouz
College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia
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Maram Taher Alnakhli
College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulrahman Eyad Abulfaraj

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Correspondence to:
. Abdullah Muhyialdeen Mahfouz, College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia.; a.m.mahfouz.44@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 22 Nov 2020
Accepted 03 Dec 2020
Published online 12 Dec 2020
Published in print 11 Jan 2021

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Alolayan AB, Alsahafi YA, Alobodi AK, , Mahfouz AM, Alnakhli MT, Abulfaraj AE. Knowledge and awareness of different dental specialties among the population of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 190-195. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1605987065


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Alolayan AB, Alsahafi YA, Alobodi AK, , Mahfouz AM, Alnakhli MT, Abulfaraj AE. Knowledge and awareness of different dental specialties among the population of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=8141 [Access: February 25, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1605987065


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Alolayan AB, Alsahafi YA, Alobodi AK, , Mahfouz AM, Alnakhli MT, Abulfaraj AE. Knowledge and awareness of different dental specialties among the population of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 190-195. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1605987065


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Alolayan AB, Alsahafi YA, Alobodi AK, , Mahfouz AM, Alnakhli MT, Abulfaraj AE. Knowledge and awareness of different dental specialties among the population of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2021), [cited February 25, 2021]; 5(1): 190-195. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1605987065


Harvard Style

Alolayan, A. B., Alsahafi, . Y. A., Alobodi, . A. K., , Mahfouz, . A. M., Alnakhli, . M. T. & Abulfaraj, . A. E. (2021) Knowledge and awareness of different dental specialties among the population of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 5 (1), 190-195. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1605987065


Turabian Style

Alolayan, Albraa B., Yaser A. Alsahafi, Abdulmajeed Khald Alobodi, , Abdullah Muhyialdeen Mahfouz, Maram Taher Alnakhli, and Abdulrahman Eyad Abulfaraj. 2021. Knowledge and awareness of different dental specialties among the population of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (1), 190-195. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1605987065


Chicago Style

Alolayan, Albraa B., Yaser A. Alsahafi, Abdulmajeed Khald Alobodi, , Abdullah Muhyialdeen Mahfouz, Maram Taher Alnakhli, and Abdulrahman Eyad Abulfaraj. "Knowledge and awareness of different dental specialties among the population of Madinah, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 190-195. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1605987065


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alolayan, Albraa B., Yaser A. Alsahafi, Abdulmajeed Khald Alobodi, , Abdullah Muhyialdeen Mahfouz, Maram Taher Alnakhli, and Abdulrahman Eyad Abulfaraj. "Knowledge and awareness of different dental specialties among the population of Madinah, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.1 (2021), 190-195. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1605987065


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Alolayan, A. B., Alsahafi, . Y. A., Alobodi, . A. K., , Mahfouz, . A. M., Alnakhli, . M. T. & Abulfaraj, . A. E. (2021) Knowledge and awareness of different dental specialties among the population of Madinah, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (1), 190-195. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1605987065


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