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Abstract            Volume:11  Issue-3  Year-2023         Original Research Articles

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Social Media - A Paediatric Oral Health Information Resource?
Manisha Agarwal, B. N. Harshitha*, Sapna Konde and Preetha Peethambar
Department of Paediatric and Preventive Dentistry, AECS Maaruti College Of Dental Sciences, 108, Hulimavu Tank Band Road, Off, Bannerghatta Main Rd, near Meenakshi Temple, BTM 6th stage, 1st Phase, Kammanahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560076, India
*Corresponding author

The growth of social media has become a channel for many organisations to communicate, advertise, market and educate. The endless stream of communication and connection provided by social media is changing the way we think and absorb information. The three most popular social media networks available are Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram; While Facebook being the most popular, influential, and widely preferred platform. These platforms, through mobile technology has the potential to deliver health messages to large population groups. Although many researches have presented that they have a significant impact on both general and oral health. On evaluation of oral health related educational videos uploaded on these platforms, the present study showed that many of these videos are only moderately informative, as important facts were not adequately addressed. It has also been found that majority of the uploaders were bloggers or educators for children and not trained oral health professionals, rendering the information lacking or inadequate. Therefore, it can be recommended that a regulatory body would be necessary to examine the ethical, moral and human consequence and simultaneously ensure that accurate health related information is posted on social media, after its approval. Additionally, dentists or oral health professionals should be urged to take a more active role in educating patients on various oral health concerns on social media platforms as well.

Keywords: Social Media, Paediatric Oral Health, Youtube, Instagram, Facebook.
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Manisha Agarwal, B. N. Harshitha, Sapna Konde and Preetha Peethambar. 2023. “Social Media” - A Paediatric Oral Health Information Resource?.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 11(3): 1-10
doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcrar.2023.1103.001
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