PAEDIATRICIAN PAEDIATRIC DENTIST; Together we can


Authors : Dr. Sneha Shah; Dr. Kiran Raj; Dr. Sowmya B. Shethy

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 1 - January

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Pediatrician’s can educate the parents about early oral preventive care, identify and prevent further progression of any dental problems. Aims: To elicit the knowledge of a Pediatrician about:1)Oral hygiene measures after prescribing sugar/sugar free syrups.2)Including dental aspect as a part of general health check-up. 3)Referring the patient to a Pediatric dentist on daily basis for further evaluation. Settings and Design: A comprehensive questionnaire with 10 questions was prepared and provided to 50 Pediatrician’s in Mangalore. The questionnaire had questions to assess the knowledge about dental caries, habits and overall oral health, attitude and awareness towards its prevention and practice guidelines and opinions. Methods and Material: A detailed questionnaire was prepared. Statistical analysis used: Data will be entered in the excel spread sheet. Descriptive statistics like percentages and proportions will be calculated. Inferential statistics like chi-square test will be used for categorical variables using SPSS version 20. (IBM SPASS statistics [IBM corp. released 2011]. Results: Out of 50 Pediatrician’s, 72% do not give oral hygiene measures after syrups and are unaware of sugar free syrups, 68% do not include dental aspect as a part of general health check-up and 70% do not refer a child to a Pediatric dentist. Conclusions: More interactions between the Pediatrician’s and Pediatric dentist will aid to handle the infant population and provide them complete overall health and improve the quality of living

Keywords : Infant Oral Health Care, Pediatrician, Pediatric Dentist, Preventive Dentistry

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