2020 Volume 8 Issue 4

Awareness Of Dental Post-Extraction Instructions Among The General Public In Riyadh Region, Saudi Arabia


Khaled Saad Hamad Alotaibi, Fatima Abdullah Binyahya, Hesah Hassan Aloqab, Nora Fahad Alfayyadh, Yazeed Saad Alzamil, Fahad Alshammery, Mohammad Abdul Baseer
Abstract

Background: Awareness of post-extraction instruction is essential to avoid any complications and untoward events after the removal of a tooth. Hence the purpose of the study was to assess the knowledge of dental post-extraction instructions among the general public in the Riyadh region of Saudi Arabia.

Materials and method: A descriptive cross-sectional survey was conducted among the general public [n=603, (male=147, female=456)] in the Riyadh region of Saudi Arabia. A reliable and valid questionnaire consisting of demographic information and 10 questions on post-extraction instructions was prepared and an online link of the questionnaire was shared through the social media platform. The questionnaire responses were collected and analysis was performed. Descriptive statistics, chi-square test, Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis tests were applied to compare the knowledge across different groups. A level of significance was set at p< 0.05.

Results: An overall mean knowledge score of 5.12±1.34 was observed among the study participants. Comparison of mean knowledge between male vs female (4.88 vs 5.20, p=0.004) showed significantly higher knowledge of post-extraction instructions among females than males. While study participants aged 15-30 years (4.90) showed significantly lower mean knowledge of post-extraction instructions compared to 31- 45 years (5.36) and 46-60 years (5.42) aged subjects (p<0.001). While study subjects with graduate or higher (5.28) educational level showed significantly higher knowledge of post-extraction instructions than those of high school (4.93) and secondary school (4.87) (p=0.026).

Conclusion: The study participants from the Riyadh region demonstrated adequate knowledge of post-extraction instructions. Female, aged (46-60 years) people and those having graduate/above the level of education had more knowledge of post-extraction instructions compared to others.


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