Baltic Dental and Maxillofacial Journal
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September, 2021, Vol. 23, No. 3

CONTENTS

REVIEW

The effect of botox for the correction of the gummy smile: A systematic review
Augustė Razmaitė, Giedrė Trakinienė
63-68

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES

Immediate implant supported prosthodontic treatment of the edentulous jaw with additional implant stabilization
Roman А. Rozov
69-74

REVIEW

Could saliva play a role in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic?
Anna Papadopoulou, Despina Tounta, Christina Tesseromatis
75-79

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES

Knowledge, attitude and practice of dental house surgeons and undergraduate students towards radiation safety and protection: A questionnaire based survey
Kirthana Muthu A/P Shanmugam, Ananya Madival, Supriya Bhat, Siti Dzulaikha Amalina Binti Jelani
80-85

CASE REPORTS

Is there an association with Wilson’s disease and multiple tongue dysplasia lesions and in situ carcinoma? A case-report based literature review
Tatsis Dimitris, Baliaka Aggeliki, Antoniades Konstantinos
86-89

Canalicular adenoma of minor salivary gland. Report of a case and a brief review of the literature
Karakostas Panagiotis, Matiakis Apostolos, Anagnostou Eleftherios, Poulopoulos Athanasios
90-92

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Knowledge, attitude and practice of dental house surgeons and undergraduate students towards radiation safety and protection: A questionnaire based survey

Kirthana Muthu A/P Shanmugam1, Ananya Madiyal2, Supriya Bhat2, Siti Dzulaikha Amalina Binti Jelani1

Summary

Objective. Ionizing radiation is hazardous to living tissues due to their effects on somatic cells and genetic material. Since dental radiography is used widely for diagnosis, treatment planning and patient education, it is important for dentists to understand the problems associated with the use of radiation and the methods of preventing them. The present study was designed to assess and compare the knowledge, attitude and practice of dental house surgeons and undergraduate students towards radiation safety and protection.

Materials and methods. A cross sectional questionnaire based survey was conducted among 153 dental house surgeons and undergraduate students attending a dental teaching hospital.

Results. On comparison of the house surgeons with undergraduate students, the present study found that the knowledge, attitude and practice of house surgeons were better than the undergraduate students regarding AERB guidelines, ALARA principles, position distance rule, personal monitoring devices, thickness of lead barrier and use of lead protection. Both the groups had similar high knowledge regarding the harmful effects of X-rays. However undergraduate students had better knowledge regarding radiation hazard symbol and made better use of personal monitoring devices. A greater number of house surgeons were found to have had formal training in radiation protection while undergraduate students were more willing to undergo further training.

Conclusion. Dental students must be educated regarding radiation safety and protection before they commense work as independent practitioners for the protection of their patients, the environment and themselves.

Key words: radiation, X-rays, occupational safety, radiation protection.

Received: 23 06 2018

Accepted for publishing: 24 09 2021


1A. B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte (deemed to be University), Deralakatte, Mangalore, India

2Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, A. B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte (deemed to be University), Deralakatte, Mangalore, India

Address correspondence to Ananya Madival, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, A. B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte (deemed to be University), Deralakatte, Mangalore – 575018, India.

E-mail address: ananyamadiyal@gmail.com