Evaluation of parents’ awareness levels of traumatic dental injuries: The ToothSOS mobile application and “Save Your Tooth” posters

Cenkhan Bal(1), Zeynep Öztürk(2), Demet Atak(3), Merve Yaşar(4), Merve Aksoy(5)
(1) Health Sciences University, Gülhane Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Ankara, Türkiye,
(2) Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Bolu, Türkiye,
(3) Health Sciences University, Gülhane Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Ankara, Türkiye,
(4) Health Sciences University, Gülhane Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Ankara, Türkiye,
(5) Health Sciences University, Gülhane Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Ankara, Türkiye

Abstract

Aim: This survey study aimed to assess the awareness of parents of pediatric dental patients regarding the “ToothSOS” mobile application and the “Save Your Tooth” posters created by the International Association of Dental Traumatology.


Methodology: This study included 303 participants who applied to Health Sciences University, Gülhane Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, between 02/01/2021 and 05/31/2021. The survey comprised visually supported questions to measure the participants’ demographic features, previous dental trauma experiences, awareness of mobile dental trauma applications, and knowledge of traumatic dental injuries (TDIs). Categorical variables were summarized as frequencies and percentages and were compared using the chi-square test (p < 0.05).


Results: The results showed that parents’ awareness levels regarding TDIs were insufficient. No significant difference was detected in the knowledge levels of parents of children with and without a history of dental trauma. However, significantly correct answers were obtained to the avulsion injury questions from parents with high education levels.


Conclusion: Given the results of this study, it is recommended that dental health providers focus on TDI education for parents.


 


How to cite this article:


Bal C, Öztürk Z, Atak D, Yaşar M, Aksoy M. Evaluation of parents’ awareness levels of traumatic dental injuries: The ToothSOS mobile application and “Save Your Tooth” posters. Int Dent Res 2023;13(2):60-66. https://doi.org/10.5577/idr.2023.vol13.no2.3


 


Linguistic Revision: The English in this manuscript has been checked by at least two professional editors, both native speakers of English.

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Cenkhan Bal
cenkhanbal@gmail.com (Primary Contact)
Zeynep Öztürk
Demet Atak
Merve Yaşar
Merve Aksoy
Bal, C., Öztürk, Z., Atak, D., Yaşar, M. ., & Aksoy, M. (2023). Evaluation of parents’ awareness levels of traumatic dental injuries: The ToothSOS mobile application and “Save Your Tooth” posters. International Dental Research, 13(2), 60-66. https://doi.org/10.5577/idr.2023.vol13.no2.3

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Bal, C., Öztürk, Z., Atak, D., Yaşar, M. ., & Aksoy, M. (2023). Evaluation of parents’ awareness levels of traumatic dental injuries: The ToothSOS mobile application and “Save Your Tooth” posters. International Dental Research, 13(2), 60-66. https://doi.org/10.5577/idr.2023.vol13.no2.3
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