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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 101-108

Impact of educational background on knowledge, attitude, and practice of root canal treatment among male university and high school students of Sakaka Province


1 Department of Conservative Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Jouf University, Aljouf, KSA
2 Department of Orthodontic, College of Dentistry, Jouf University, Aljouf, KSA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ravi Jothish
Department of Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics Section, College of Dentistry, Jouf University, P. O. Box-2232, Sakaka
KSA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/sej.sej_78_18

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Aim: To determine the knowledge, attitude, and practice of root canal treatment (RCT) among male university and high school students of Sakaka province and to compare and analyze the impact of educational status on the three parameters mentioned earlier. Materials and Methods: A self-administered questionnaire prepared in Arabic and English was circulated among 600 male participants who consented to participate in the survey. Participants were divided into two groups – Group 1 (University) and Group 2 (high school) students. Pearson Chi-square test was used to analyze the data. Results: Data sheets were received from 500 participants only. Most of the participants, irrespective of the group, visit dentists only on the appearance of pain (84% and 82.8%, respectively). Substantial number of participants had a history of RCT (24.7% and 42.2%, respectively); 8.7 and 17% from respective groups reported that they were uncomfortable during the past RCT. However, majority of the participants (64.7% from either group) mentioned that they would opt for RCT in the future despite the slightly negative experience of the past. Conclusion: Young adults are reasonably well informed about RCT. Exposure to alternative sources like social media seems to be the reason behind this. Hence, internet platforms should be used to further popularize RCT among the youth.


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