Facebook and dental education: what do students like?

Mohammad A AL-Rabab'ah, Yazzan Hassona, Dima AbuBakr, Faleh Sawair



Objectives: To examine views and attitudes of undergraduate dental students toward using Facebook as an educational source.
Methods: clinical dental students were interviewed in 2016 and asked both open and structured questions regarding their use of Facebook as an educational source.
Results: The majority (80%) of dental students reported using of Facebook as a source of dental information related to their study. The most popular topics students looked for in Facebook were cavity preparation, tooth extraction, local anesthesia injection, implant-related procedures, and crowns and veneers. More than half of students (51.1%) attributed their use of Facebook to the inadequacy of demonstrations provided in clinical environment, and 46.6% preferred Facebook over traditional teaching because it is more interactive. The scarcity of evidence-based information on Facebook and the absence of direct interaction with educators were the main reasons why students thought it might hinder their use of Facebook as an educational source.
Conclusion: Most dental students use Facebook as an educational source. Facebook provides important educational opportunities for both dental students and educators, but the scarcity of reliable evidence-based information on this media limits its usefulness.


Facebook, dental education, students, social media, learning.

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