Analysis of dentistry content on instagram® and the use of social networks by brazilian dental students

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https://doi.org/10.20396/bjos.v21i00.8666469

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Social media, Dentistry, Epidemiology, Ethics

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Aim: The aim of our study was to analyze the content related to dentistry published on Instagram® and to investigate the students’ profiles related to the use of social networks in a sample from a Dentistry School. Methods: This study was carried out in two stages. First, research was conducted to analyze content published on Instagram® related to dentistry. The second part investigated the profiles of students’ from a dental school in relation to the use of social networks through a questionnaire. A descriptive analysis was performed and associations between the variables were tested using Fisher’s exact test. Results: We found a diversified and large amount of content related to dentistry published on Instagram®, and publications that involved advertising were more prevalent in our study. There are also many publications that are violating the Code of Dental Ethics. In addition, in the second part of our study, we observed an enormous use of social networks by dental students (98.4%). Conclusions: As a result, we believe that it is important to update professionals about the ethical infractions related to social networks which could be approached during graduate courses in universities. Finally, the analyzed social network seems to be an interesting alternative for disseminating health information in order to dialogue with greater proximity to the large number of users who participate in it.

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Catarina Borges da Fonseca Cumerlato, Federal University of Pelotas

Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

Rodrigo Nunes Rotta , Catholic University of Pelotas

Catholic University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

Luiz Alexandre Chisini , University of Vale do Taquari

University of Vale do Taquari, Lajeado, RS, Brazil.

Luísa Jardim Corrêa de Oliveira , Catholic University of Pelotas

Catholic University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

Marcos Britto Correa, Federal University of Pelotas

Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil.

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2022-07-20

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Cumerlato CB da F, Rotta RN, Chisini LA, Oliveira LJC de, Correa MB. Analysis of dentistry content on instagram® and the use of social networks by brazilian dental students. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2022 Jul. 20 [cited 2022 Nov. 29];21(00):e226469. Available from: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/bjos/article/view/8666469

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