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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 16  |  Page : 189-192

Pediatric Syrups and their cariogenic potential

1 Community and Preventive Dentistry, +Professor, Pedodontics and Preventive P.entistry, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, India
2 Associate Professor, Biochemistry, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Constituent colleges of Manipal University, India

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Objective: This study aimed to determine free sugar concentration and pH of paediatric syrup medicines frequently prescribed by Pediatricians in Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore. Materials and Methods: Two different prescribed brands of eight paediatric syrup medicines (n = 16) were randomly chosen to be tested. Qualitative analysis of free sugars was done by peak height comparison with standard sucrose, fructose and glucose using thin layer chromatography. The pH of each medicine was determined using a digital pH meter. The result was expressed as average of replicates from two bottles of each medicine. Results and Conclusions: Sucrose was detected in all types of pediatric syrup medicines along with pH below the critical value of 5.5. High concentration of free sugars and a low pH detected in the syrups indicate their cariogenic and erosive potentials.

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