Knowledge, Perception and Practices of Teledentistry among The Dentists during COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors

  • Showlin Hossain Fellow, Department of Health Education, National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM), Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
  • Sumaya Hossin Rimmi Fellow, Department of Health Education, National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM), Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
  • Muhammad Muniruzzaman Chowdhury Assistant Professor of Cardiology, Sheikh Hasina Medical College, Tangail
  • Nushrat Choudhury Fellow, Department of Health Education, National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM), Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
  • Syed Ahmed Assistant Professor of Dentistry, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical College, Faridpur
  • Somaya Mostarin Fellow, Department of Health Education, National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM), Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
  • Md Golam Abbas Assistant Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH), National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM) Dhaka

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/iahsmj.v5i2.66836

Keywords:

COVID-19; Dentists; Effectiveness; Perception; Practice; Teledentistry.

Abstract

Background: Virtual dentistry practices, when implemented correctly, reduce the burden on healthcare systems by preventing COVID-19 and asymptomatic carriers from infecting healthcare professionals and high-risk employees. This study was carried out to evaluate the perception and state of teledentistry practices among the dentists during COVID-19 pandemic.

Materials and methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among 218 dentists through a semistructured questionnaire to evaluate the state of teledentistry practices among 6 dental colleges and hospitals in Dhaka City.

Results: Most of the dentists (87.2%) mentioned that teledentistry practice increased during COVID-19 pandemic and it has reduced the spread of infection. Majority recommended teledentistry is a good tool for oral hygiene instruction (72.5%) but couldn’t provide accurate diagnosis (73.9%). One fourth of the respondents (26.1%) prescribed medicine virtually and others prefer providing health education and counseling only. There are some barriers during practicing teledentistry such as poor audio or audio-video quality, expensive set-up, accurate diagnosis provision and difficulty to use software.

Conclusion: Teledentistry isn't intended to replace traditional methods of treatment that involve patient examination, but rather to provide a new way to practice healthcare. Dentists should be encouraged to practice virtual health education tool which may lower the cost burden, overcrowding and spread of COVID-19.

IAHS Medical Journal Vol 5(2), Dec 2022; 25-28

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2023-06-25

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Hossain, S. ., Rimmi, S. H. ., Chowdhury, M. M. ., Choudhury, N. ., Ahmed, S. ., Mostarin, S. ., & Abbas, M. G. . (2023). Knowledge, Perception and Practices of Teledentistry among The Dentists during COVID-19 Pandemic. IAHS Medical Journal, 5(2), 25–28. https://doi.org/10.3329/iahsmj.v5i2.66836

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