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COVID-19—Awareness and Practice of Dentists in Saudi Arabia

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Dentistry, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Al Kharj 16245, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Restorative and Prosthetic Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Dar Al Uloom University, Riyadh 11512, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Alfarabi College of Dentistry and Nursing, Riyadh 11691, Saudi Arabia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(1), 330; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010330
Received: 11 December 2020 / Revised: 29 December 2020 / Accepted: 31 December 2020 / Published: 5 January 2021
Dental professionals have a major role in the fight against the spread and transmission of COVID-19. This study aimed to evaluate awareness and practice of dentists in Saudi Arabia regarding COVID-19 and the utilization of infection control methods. A 24-item questionnaire was developed and distributed through social media to 627 dentists working in Saudi Arabia. 177 questionnaires were completed (28.2% response rate). Most dentists were aware about the transmission, incubation time and main clinical symptoms of COVID-19. Almost 83% of the respondents appreciate the risk of droplets, aerosols and airborne particles in transmission of COVID-19 in the dental clinic. Among the common practices of participants are measuring patient’s body temperature before undertaking a dental treatment (88.7%), cleaning the environmental surfaces at the dental clinic after each patient (91.5%) and restriction of dental treatment to emergency cases (82.5%). It seems that practicing dentists in Saudi Arabia are fairly aware about COVID-19. The practices of the surveyed dentists appear to be mostly consistent with the current guidelines and recommendations for infection control of COVID-19 in the dental clinic. Some drawbacks in knowledge and a number of inappropriate practices can be identified and require the attention of health authorities. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID19; infection control; dental practice; prevention; awareness; practice COVID19; infection control; dental practice; prevention; awareness; practice
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Tarakji, B.; Nassani, M.Z.; Alali, F.M.; B. Alsalhani, A.; Alqhtani, N.R.; Bin Nabhan, A.; Alenzi, A.; Alrafedah, A. COVID-19—Awareness and Practice of Dentists in Saudi Arabia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 330. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010330

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Tarakji B, Nassani MZ, Alali FM, B. Alsalhani A, Alqhtani NR, Bin Nabhan A, Alenzi A, Alrafedah A. COVID-19—Awareness and Practice of Dentists in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(1):330. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010330

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Tarakji, Bassel; Nassani, Mohammad Z.; Alali, Faisal M.; B. Alsalhani, Anas; Alqhtani, Nasser R.; Bin Nabhan, Abdullah; Alenzi, Adel; Alrafedah, Ali. 2021. "COVID-19—Awareness and Practice of Dentists in Saudi Arabia" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 1: 330. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010330

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