Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 5 - 2021
The Impact of COVID-19 Prevalence and its Infection Control Measures on Clinical Practice and the Knowledge of Oral Mucosa Alterations of Some Dental Students of King Khalid University
Mohammed MA Abdullah Al-Abdaly1*, Faisal Saeed Mohammed Alhaid2, Ali Hosain Ali Alqahtani2 and Rayan Mansour Mezher2
1Periodontics and Community Dental Sciences Department, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
2College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Mohammed MA Abdullah Al-Abdaly, Assistant Professor of Periodontics, Periodontics and Community Dental Sciences Department, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia.
Received: March 23, 2021; Published: April 20, 2021




Abstract

Background: Corona-virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a pandemic disease arising in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 then spread to most regions in the world and impacted all sides of life. It induced great difficulty in dentistry, so the present study aimed to assess the impact of COVID-19 prevalence and its infection control measures on clinical practice and the knowledge of oral mucosa alterations of some dental students of King Khalid University.

Materials and Methodology: The present study included 350 dental students from the different clinical levels in college of dentistry, King Khalid University. They were divided into three groups. Group I (GI) included 150 participants from levels 7th, 8th and 9th and group II (GII) comprised 150 participants from levels 10th, 11th and 12th, as well as group III (GIII), which included 50 participants from the interns. They were requested to answer the questions of the interview questionnaire to achieve the survey purposes from 25 December 2020 G to 25 February 2021 G. The questionnaire involved different questions about the characteristics of the participants (age, gender and level), their attitude toward COVID-19 infection control measures. Moreover, COVID-19 prevalence among them and the surrounding community and the assessment of their clinical practice and knowledge of oral mucosa alterations. The data tabulated and analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 25 and the chi-square test. A p-value of less than 0.05 is considered a statistically significant difference.

Results: The participants' numbers in this study were 350 students from six different levels (7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12), as well as the interns in the college of dentistry, King Khalid University. They were divided into three various groups. Group I (GI) included participants from levels 7th, 8th and 9th, group II (GII) included participants from levels 10th, 11th, 12th and group III (GIII) comprised participants from the interns. The large numbers were from GI and GII (67% male and 33% Female). The mean age of the participants in group III more than the mean age of the participants in group I and group II (males and females). There were statistically significant differences in the mean and (± SD) standard deviation of participants’ age comparison. There was good Knowledge of infection control measures and the prevalence extent of COVID-19 in the surrounding community of the participants and there were significant differences in the comparison between the answers of some questions according to the groups of participants. Additionally, that, the answers of participants in the current study exhibited that there was a negative impact of COVID-19 on the participants’ clinical practice and the knowledge of oral mucosa alterations.

Conclusion: We concluded that most of the participants in the current study were knowing of COVID-19 symptoms, mode of transmission and infection control measures. Nevertheless, the participants should review the National and international guidelines of COVID-19 infection control.

 

Keywords: COVID-19; Clinical Practice; Dental Students; Infection Control; Oral Mucosa Alterations

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Citation: Mohammed MA Abdullah Al-Abdaly., et al. “The Impact of COVID-19 Prevalence and its Infection Control Measures on Clinical Practice and the Knowledge of Oral Mucosa Alterations of Some Dental Students of King Khalid University”. EC Dental Science 20.5 (2021): 01-15.

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