The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Children's Oral Health and Caregiver's Attitude Towards Teledentistry: A Kuwait based study Caregiver's Attitude Towards Teledentistry

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Wasmiya AlHayyan

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Child care, coronavirus disease, lockdown, oral health

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children's oral health and caregiver's attitude towards teledentistry.


Material and method: A questionnaire was distributed to 583 caregivers of children aged between 3-10 years through email, which consisted of 9 multiple choice questions divided into three parts. The first part included demographic data (age, gender, and educational level); the second part addressed the assessment of oral health of children by their caregivers during the lockdown, the reason and influence of the pandemic on the oral health of children; and the third part was related to caregiver's attitude towards health care system and teledentistry. Pearson's Chi-square test and Fisher’s Exact test were used for analysis using SPSS (version 21.0).


Result: 93.5% of caregivers were not satisfied with their child's oral health. Approximately 91.5% of caregivers agree that the coronavirus pandemic has negatively affected their child's oral health. Most of them think that alteration in sleep patterns is the main reason. 93% of caregivers have been reported to utilize teledentistry during the pandemic period, but 53.2% did not know whether teledentistry could solve their child's oral health care problems. About 7% disagree that teledentistry can be helpful for the oral health care needs of children.


Conclusion: Coronavirus disease has a negative impact on children's oral health. There is a need to increase awareness about teledentistry among caregivers in Kuwait.


Keywords: Child care, coronavirus, lockdown, oral health, teledentistry.

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