Volume 12, Issue 2 ( September- 2023)                   Caspian J Dent Res 2023, 12(2): 89-94 | Back to browse issues page

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, Dental Caries Prevention Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran. , rezaemrani@yahoo.com
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Introduction: Some studies have indicated that toothache is the primary reason for dental visits. The present study was conducted to assess the initial responses of Iranian individuals to toothaches.
Materials & Methods: The study included individuals referred to six dental clinics in Qazvin with severe pain. Then, they were asked about their initial reaction to pain. Seeking professional medical attention was considered a correct decision. The significance level was set at ≤ 0.05.
Results :503 participants with a mean age of 31 (±7.5) years, including 260 females and 243 males. The initial reaction after the onset of toothache were searching the Internet [n=168], followed by visiting a dentist [n=143]. A significant correlation was found between age, history of dental visits, and correct reaction (p=0.033).
Conclusion:The Internet and social media significantly influence individuals' decisions regarding pain management. A notable proportion of individuals prefer self-treatment over visiting a dentist following a severe toothache.
Keywords: Pain, Toothache, Dentistry
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Type of Study: Short Communications | Subject: Community Oral Health
* Corresponding Author Address: Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran.

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