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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 417-420

Dental health education through the brushing ROBOTUTOR: A new learning experience

1 Department of Periodontics, S.M.B.T. Dental College and Hospital, Sangamner, Ahmednagar, India
2 Department of Periodontics, K. B. H. Dental College and Hospital, Nashik, Maharashtra, India

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Mahesh Ahire
Department of Periodontics, S.M.B.T. Dental College and Hospital, Sangamner, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - 422 608
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.100922

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Aim: In the present study, a new electronic model "ROBOTUTOR" was designed to compare the efficacy of different modes of dental health education for demonstration of the Bass toothbrushing technique and also to evaluate its efficacy with different modes of dental health education in patient understanding. Materials and Methods: Total 150 subjects were randomized into two groups, Group 1 (Questionnaire) and Group II (Investigators). Subjects with history of gingivitis and only mild periodontitis were included. Demonstration of Bass technique was given to each subject with the help of three different modes, i.e., ROBOTUTOR, clinician, and audio-video aids. Results: The result was evaluated in terms of effectiveness, ease of understanding, attraction, and recollection. In the present study, the best mode of education is clinician demonstration and the least effective one is the audio-video mode. In contrast, the ROBOTUTOR model was found to be more attractive than the other two. Conclusion: Although demonstration by clinician is the best, it is time consuming and not feasible for community purpose. ROBOTUTOR would thus save clinician's chair side time and help in effective demonstration of the brushing technique.

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