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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 277-282

Assessment of youth knowledge and attitude toward managing avulsed tooth across Saudi Arabia: A cross sectional study

1 Department of Endodontic, Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Ruaa Alamoudi
Department of Endodontic, Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sej.sej_24_22

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Introduction: An increase in sports' participation especially with youth, increase the risk of dental trauma. Many studies around the world focus on the knowledge of parents, guardian, and teachers regarding emergency management of tooth avulsion. It is important to educate children and young adults about appropriate dental treatment. The aim of this study is to evaluate the knowledge and attitude of young adults regarding the emergency management of tooth avulsion. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted. The target group of this study was young adults aged from 11- to 19-years old in Saudi Arabia who read either Arabic or English. A questionnaire about tooth avulsion, mouthguards, and how to handle an avulsed tooth was sent electronically by Survey Legend tool. Access was made available until the desired sample size was reached. Results: About 390 questionnaires were collected. Subjects who received advice in dental trauma or who had previous experience with dental trauma either by suffering from the injury (P = 0.003) or witnessing it (P = 0.005) were more confident in managing future dental emergencies. Participants who had a first aid training course had significantly more correct answers. Conclusion: This study emphasizes the importance of youth education toward emergency management of tooth avulsion using different educational methods such as regular first aid training program to all middle and high school students. School students' knowledge and attitude for managing dental trauma are inadequate, and different educational strategies for middle and high schools' students are recommended.

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