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Evaluation of tablet PC as a tool for teaching tooth brushing to children

Type:  Articles

Pubblication date:  /1/2016

Authors:  F. Salama*, I. Abobakr**, N. Al-Khodair***, M. Al-Wakeel****

Language:  English

Institution:  *Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia **General Practitioner, Dental Department, Ministry of Interior, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ***General Practitioner, Dental Department, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ****Saudi Endodontic Board, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Publication:  European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry

Publisher:  Ariesdue Srl

Keywords:  Dental plaque; Oral health education; Oral hygiene; Patient education; Tablet computers; Tooth brushing.

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Title:  Evaluation of tablet PC as a tool for teaching tooth brushing to children

Abstract:  Aim This study evaluated the effect of a single time tooth brushing instruction using video on a tablet PC (Apple iPad) compared to operator presentation using jaw model for plaque removal. Methods This cross-sectional study included a convenience sample of 100 children divided into two groups. For Group 1 brushing was demonstrated to the child by the operator with the use of a jaw model. This demonstration was videotaped for subsequent use in Group 2 using a tablet PC (Apple iPad). Plaque index was recorded before and after demonstration of the assigned method of teaching tooth brushing. Results The results showed a significant difference using the two methods. The difference between the mean plaque index values with the jaw model and tablet PC at baseline and after tooth brushing represented 17.27% (50% improvement) and 11.56% (34% improvement) respectively. Boys showed a 18.3%. higher improvement in tooth brushing compared to girls. Seventy-five percent of the children reported using tablet computers in their daily life. Conclusions Teaching children by using a jaw model was more effective in improving plaque index score than using video on tablet PC by 16%. Both methods of tooth brushing teaching were fully accepted by all children.

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