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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 70-76

Extent of awareness regarding oral health and dental treatment needs among individuals with hearing and speech impairments in Saudi Arabia


1 Department of Conservative Dental Sciences, Division of Endodontics, College of Dentistry, Prince Sattam bin AbdulAziz University, AlKharj, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, King Faisal University, AlAhsa, Saudi Arabia
3 General Dentist, College of Dentistry & Hospital, Prince Sattam bin AbdulAziz University, AlKharj, Saudi Arabia
4 General Dentist, Prince Abdul Mohsen Hospital, Al Ula, Al Madinah Al Munawarah, Saudi Arabia
5 Intern, College of Dentistry, Prince Sattam bin AbdulAziz University, AlKharj, Saudi Arabia
6 Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Prince Sattam bin AbdulAziz University, AlKharj, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mohammed Mustafa
College of Dentistry, Prince Sattam bin AbdulAziz University, P. O. Box: 153, AlKharj - 11942
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jispcd.JISPCD_194_17

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Objective: This study aims to evaluate the awareness level of the individuals with hearing and speech impairments (deaf and dumb individuals), in relation to their oral health and dental treatment needs. Materials and Methods: The approach of stratified randomization method of sampling was used for the selection of participants. About 240 people with hearing and speech impairments (deaf and dumb) were selected from four cities of Saudi Arabia, which includes AlKharj, Riyadh, Dammam and Abha. A questionnaire of two sections was distributed among the participants for collecting data. A simple descriptive analysis was done, and the data were expressed in terms of frequencies and percentages. Microsoft Excel has been used for compilation of data and execution of graphs. Moreover, the questionnaire data were subject to SPSS data analysis (IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows, Version 22.0, Armonk, IBM Corp. NY). Results: Most of the participants were not aware of the importance of oral health. Majority of the participants described that they did not visit qualified dentists in the past and many of them did not know the right way of doing tooth brushing. Hence, deaf and dumb individuals lack basic knowledge about oral health and dental treatment needs. Conclusion: The study concluded that the awareness level of oral health and dental treatment needs is low among individuals with hearing and speech impairments (deaf and dumb) in Saudi Arabia.


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