Assessment of awareness level among dentist regarding COVID-19 dental practice in Jammu city: a cross-sectional study


  • Ankita Gupta Department of Public Health Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Government Dental College, Jammu, J&K-UT, India
  • Needhika Chhibber Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Indira Gandhi Government Dental College, Jammu, J&K-UT, India
  • Ratika Lihala Periodontology. Functional Clinician, Functional Medicine Clinic, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Pulkit Vaid Department of Pediatrics and Preventive Dentistry, Desh Bhagat Dental College, Punjab, India
  • Tushar Abrol Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Divya Jyoti Dental College, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Astha Joshi Periodontology, Regional Medical Advisor, Abbott Ltd, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India



COVID-19, Dental practices, Knowledge, Questionnaire, Coronavirus


Background: Dentistry being one of the most exposed professions to COVID-19 infection, it has become necessary to establish a clinical protocol that should be applied in the working environment, to prevent the spread of virus.

Methods: This Cross-sectional study was carried out on 393 practicing dentist of Jammu city. A Structured questionnaire was sent via internet to all the participants. The questionnaire consisted of demographic data (6 questions) and questions evaluating awareness (15 questions) of Dentist during COVID-19 Pandemic. The total awareness score was calculated based on subject's responses. Descriptive statistics, independent t- test and one- way ANNOVA was used for statistical analysis.

Results: Mean age of the participants was 32±7.03 years. Out of 393 participants 329 (83.7%) exhibited high level of knowledge. Based on educational qualification, those dental practitioner with MDS exhibited more mean knowledge score than BDS practitioner (14.428±0.8091 versus 12.641±2.688, p=0.000)

Conclusions: Most of the study subjects had adequate knowledge regarding COVID- 19 dental practices. However, all the study participants were keen to attend educational programs/webinars to further upgrade their knowledge regarding COVID-19 dental practices.  


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How to Cite

Gupta, A., Chhibber, N., Lihala, R., Vaid, P., Abrol, T., & Joshi, A. (2021). Assessment of awareness level among dentist regarding COVID-19 dental practice in Jammu city: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 10(1), 116–121.



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