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Eur J Paediatr Dent. 2016 Dec;17(4):327-331.

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

Author information

1
Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
2
General Practitioner, Dental Department, Ministry of Interior, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
3
General Practitioner, Dental Department, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
4
Saudi Endodontic Board, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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. CONCLUSION 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.

PMID:
28045324
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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