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Investigation of Turkish dentists’ clinical attitudes and behaviors towards the COVID-19 pandemic: a survey study


  • Gülsüm Duruk Inönü University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Malatya, Turkey
  • Zekiye Şeyma Gümüşboğa Inönü University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Malatya, Turkey
  • Cemil Çolak Inönü University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Malatya, Turkey



COVID-19, Coronavirus, Dentistry, Dentists, Infections


Currently, the whole world is under the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, and dentists are at high risk. The aim of this study was to investigate what kind of precautions Turkish dentists take in dental clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study population consisted of dentists in Turkey. An online questionnaire (23 questions–57 items) was sent to a sample of Turkish dentists from March 16 to March 20, 2020. The questionnaire comprised a series of questions about dentists’ demographic characteristics, their concerns, and the measures taken in dental clinics against COVID-19. This study included a total of 1,958 Turkish dentists. A total of 1,274 (65.1%) were general dentists, and 684 (34.9%) were specialists. Five hundred twenty-two (26.7%) dentists attended an informational meeting on COVID-19. Of these dentists, 69.8% were aware of COVID-19 according to their self-assessed knowledge scores. More than 90% of the dentists were concerned about themselves and their families. Only 12% of the dentists wore an N95 mask. Although Turkish dentists took some precautionary measures, they did not take enough precautions to protect themselves, the dental staff, and other patients from COVID-19. As the number of COVID-19 cases increased, the measures taken slightly increased in dental clinics as well. Dentists are strongly recommended to take maximum precautions in the clinical setting. The guidelines about the COVID-19 pandemic should be sent to all dentists by the regional and national dental associations.


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