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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 540-546

Knowledge, attitude, and practice of pediatricians regarding pediatric liquid medicaments on long-term oral health: A cross-sectional study in bhubaneswar, odisha


1 Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Institute of Dental Sciences, SOA (Deemed to be University), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
2 Department of Dental Surgery, G.S.V.M Medical College, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, JSS Dental College and Hospital, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, SS Nagar, Mysuru, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Faculty of Dental Sciences, S.G.T University, Gurugram, Haryana, India
5 Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dental Sciences, S.G.T University, Gurugram, Haryana, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Sonu Acharya
Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Institute of Dental Sciences, SOA (Deemed to be University), Bhubaneswar, Odisha-751003.
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jpbs.JPBS_264_18

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Background: A pediatrician is supposed to be one of the first clinician who sees a child from infancy through adolescence. This study was carried for pediatricians serving in medical colleges and tertiary hospitals in Bhubaneswar City, Odisha, India. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire was distributed among 30 pediatricians serving in various medical colleges and tertiary hospitals in Bhubaneswar City area. It consisted of questions regarding knowledge of pediatricians on the awareness of detrimental effects of long-term liquid medicaments use on oral cavity, including delivery of oral hygiene instructions and regular dental checkup. The data as obtained were subjected to statistical analysis using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software, version 17.0, for Microsoft Windows (Chicago, Illinois). Results: The results showed that there is a good amount of awareness among the pediatricians working in medical colleges in Bhubaneswar regarding pediatric liquid medication and their ill effects on teeth. Most pediatricians considered age and body weight of the child (87%). Sixty five percent of pediatricians were aware that pediatric liquid medication (PLM) can cause dental caries. Ninety five percent of them were aware of PLMs with sugar substitutes are available in market. Conclusion: The overall awareness among the pediatricians regarding the ill effects of pediatric liquid medications on teeth is satisfactory.


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