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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 3729-3732

Prevalence and public knowledge regarding tooth bleaching in Saudi Arabia

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Dental Intern, College of Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
3 General Dentist, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Assistant Professor Ghada AlOtaibi
Department of Restorative Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_996_20

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Background: Nowadays, cosmetic dentistry has become one of the most important sections of dentistry because patients care about the appearance of their smile with their general health. Hence, the present study was conducted to find the prevalence of public knowledge regarding tooth bleaching in Saudi Arabia. Methods: A cross sectional study with cluster sampling method was carried out in the central, northern, southern, eastern, and western regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A modified close ended questionnaire in Arabic/English language was distributed among randomly selected shopping malls and social media (WhatsApp and Twitter) via link in Google Sheet. The survey questionnaires were distributed systematically to individuals entering the malls. The survey items were divided into two sections that included sociodemographic data and knowledge subscales. Regression analysis was done to measure the factors influencing the overall impression of bleaching/tooth whitening. Results: The sample comprised a total of 2543 respondents, of whom there were 1190 males (46.8%) and 1353 females (53.2%). When the population was asked the perceived or actual complication of bleaching, it was observed that the majority of those surveyed felt that there was either a real or perceived threat of tooth sensitivity followed by burning of the gums. Conclusion: Most of the participants heard about tooth bleaching via advertisements, and most of them have used home bleaching more than professional bleaching. Respondents with frequent dental visits had higher levels of knowledge on tooth bleaching compared to respondents with a lack of dental visits.

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