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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2018, Volume : 11, Issue : 3
First page : ( 1012) Last page : ( 1016)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2018.00189.0

Awareness about the use, Ethics and Scope of Dental Photography among Undergraduate Dental Students Dentist Behind the lens

Dr. Hannah R1, Dr. Ramani Pratibha2, Dr. Sherlin Herald. J.3, Dr. Ranjith Gheena4, Dr. Ramasubramanian Abilasha4, Dr. Jayaraj Gifrina4, Dr. Don K. R.4, Dr. Archana S.4

1Postgraduate Student, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai

2Professor and Head of the Department Department of Oral Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai

3Professor, Department of Oral Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai

4Reader, Department of Oral Pathology, Saveetha Dental College, Chennai

Corresponding Author E-mail: balamurugan@eee.sastra.edu

Online published on 7 July, 2018.

Abstract

Aim

Evaluating the awareness of use, scope and ethics of dental photography in everyday practice among undergraduate dental students.

Background

Photography often represents the best method to collect and preserve evidences. The attention towards the advanced photographic presentation in dentistry has increased significantly over the past several decades. Advancements in technology, computers, the internet and communication systems have greatly affected and shaped modern society. The main purpose of photography in dentistry is the registration of clinical information in the oral cavity. It also finds application for the purposes of dento legal documentation, to improve the learning process, communication and dental marketing. These applications improve the status of the dental practice as well as the quality of work and services.

Materials and Methods

This is a cross sectional institution based study conducted among 176 undergraduate dental students. 176 undergraduate dental students of 3rd, 4th and 5th year of age group 21–25 years were included in the study. Each student was given a questionnaire. The questionnaire consisted of a set of 11 questions. Both yes or no and multiple choice questions were present. The answers were tabulated and statistically analyzed.

Results

All the students in the study were found to routinely use dental photography in their regular practice.82% of the students took some form of consent from the patient before taking the photograph and 93% maintained the confidentiality if the patient in social forums, Presentations and research publications. 62% of the participants are aware of a course called dental photography and 34% have already attended a course in dental photography.

Conclusion

Combining a passion for photography with a dedication to dentistry will help us to successfully record patients cases and have a better proposition in teaching, motivation, treatment and follow up.

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Keywords

Dental photography, Ethics.

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