Pediatricians Perception about the Use of Medicated Syrups and Its relation to Dental Caries
K Shree1, C Jyothi1, T Ramakrishna2 1 Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, Hospital and Research Centre, Bangalore, India 2 Department of Maxillofacial and oral surgery The Oxford Dental College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bangalore, India
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Pediatricians often have a difficult task ensuring the compliance of the patient to a particular medication regime and the use of pleasant tasting syrup has helped in the administration of these drugs. The study aimed to evaluate pediatrician's perception about the use of medicated syrups and to provide baseline data for creating awareness among Pediatricians about the use of medicated syrups and its relation to Dental caries. One hundred and fifty Pediatricians was selected using computer generated random numbers from the list of 453 pediatricians of Bangalore city and were issued a questionnaire focusing on the knowledge and practices with regard to medicated syrups for pediatric use and their relation to dental caries. Pediatricians in this study did not perceive the correct relationship between the presence of fermentable carbohydrates in medicated syrups and its relation to dental caries. Pediatricians should consider the importance of oral health while prescribing medicated syrups and give necessary oral hygiene instructions after intake of the syrup.