Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 4151--4155

Awareness among pediatricians regarding oral health care in children including those with special health care needs: A cross- sectional survey


Ashima Goyal1, Nishant2, Rahul Morankar3, Krishan Gauba5, Manojkumar Jaiswal1 
1 Unit of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Oral Health Sciences Centre, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
2 Dental Institute, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
3 Centre for Dental Education and Research, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Nishant
Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, Jharkhand
India

Background: Pediatricians are the custodians of the overall health of children and are the ideal healthcare personnel to impart information and instruction about oral health care. The aim of this survey was to evaluate awareness of pediatricians regarding oral health care and prevention of oral diseases in children. Methodology: The study participants consist of 102 young pediatricians working as Junior and Senior Residents. A questionnaire was formulated to evaluate their knowledge about oral diseases and their prevention. The questionnaire also tested the attitude and practices of pediatricians towards oral health of children with special health care needs. Results: Majority of the pediatricians had correct knowledge about dental caries (60%), bottle feeding (88.2%), tongue cleaning (83.3%) and medication causing gum enlargement (92.2%). Few had correct knowledge about recommended age to start tooth brushing (35.3%) and maximum recommended sugar exposures per day (35.3%). Although, majority (62.7%) had correct knowledge about fluoride and its role caries prevention, very few (2.9%) knew about recommended fluoride concentration in toothpaste for children. Conclusion: There was a lack of knowledge amongst pediatrician about oral health care, prevention, and appropriate referral. The study result necessitates the emphasis of improving oral health related knowledge among pediatrician.


How to cite this article:
Goyal A, Nishant, Morankar R, Gauba K, Jaiswal M. Awareness among pediatricians regarding oral health care in children including those with special health care needs: A cross- sectional survey.J Family Med Prim Care 2020;9:4151-4155


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Goyal A, Nishant, Morankar R, Gauba K, Jaiswal M. Awareness among pediatricians regarding oral health care in children including those with special health care needs: A cross- sectional survey. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 May 12 ];9:4151-4155
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