Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Sharad Pawar Dental College and Hospital, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

2 School of Dentistry, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

3 Shanti Memorial Hospital Pvt Ltd, Cuttack, Odisha, India

4 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Hi‑Tech Dental College and Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India,

5 Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, MM College of Dental Sciences and Research, Ambala, Haryana, India

6 Devashish Multispeciality Dental Care and Research Center, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India


BACKGROUND: Lockdown in India might have adverse effects on the emotional health of the dental
professionals; hence, the aim of the present study was to determine the impact of various factors
on emotional well‑being of dental professionals due to the effect of lockdown during COVID‑19.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: It was a cross‑sectional, descriptive, questionnaire study conducted on
dentists in India during April 2020. Sampling technique was convenient sampling, and sampling frame
was all the dental professionals in India. The questionnaire was prepared online using Google Forms,
and the link was generated which was shared among as many dentists accessible as possible, with
the help of message, mails, and WhatsApp. The questionnaire consists of questions on Demographic
details, practice, and emotional well‑being. A total of 1844 dental professionals in 14 states in India
responded. The statistical analysis was done using SPSS version no. 20. IBM SPSS version 20.0
(IBM; Armonk, New York USA) Descriptive statistics and multinomial regression test was applied.
RESULTS: Majority of study participants (1096[59.4%]) belonged to age group of 26–35years. Emotional
well‑being score of 1206 (65.4%) dental professionals in the times of COVID‑19 outbreak was poor
with score between 26 and 78. It was assessed that males have significantly (P = 0.00**) (P < 0.001**)
(**highly significant) poorer emotional well‑being 0.085 (0.829–1.429) compared to females. Married
dental professionals − 0.023 (0.011–1.221) had significantly better (P = 0.05*) emotional well‑being
than others.
CONCLUSION: Emotional well‑being score of majority of dental professionals in the times of
COVID‑19 outbreak was poor. Gender, marital status, socioeconomic status, years of experience,
practicing in clinic, and average number of patients seen per month before lockdown have significant
impact on emotional wellbeing of dental professionals.


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