Background and Aim: Radiation is the transmission of energy through space and matter. Even though they provide useful information and aid in diagnosis, they have the potential to cause harmful effects. This study aimed to assess the radiation protection awareness level of dentists in private clinics of Ghaziabad City, India. Materials & Methods: This study was solely based on a cross sectional theme which was based on a questionnaire comprised of 100 private dental practitioners of Ghaziabad City, India. We used preformed questionnaire containing questions about the radiation protection knowledge. The questionnaire was distributed among dentists in private clinics. We analyzed the data of dentists who truly responded to this questionnaire. Response was recorded and data was processed statistically to evaluate awareness level. Results: Statistical analysis was done using statistical software Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). The recorded data was subjected to suitable statistical tests to obtain p values, mean, standard deviation, standard error an 95% CI. P ≤ 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Only 61 dentists stood behind the lead shield when they were not using lead apron. Roughly 56 dental practitioners were not using lead apron and thyroid collars during radiographic examination and only 60 dentists send their radiography equipment for periodic annual maintenances. Conclusion: Within the limitations of the study authors concluded that overall level of awareness about radiation safety among general dentists of Ghaziabad, was moderate only. More importance on radiation safety, compulsory continuing professional education is recommended.
Key words: Awareness, Radiation Protection, Knowledge.