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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 844-848

Assess the knowledge attitude and practice among dental interns regarding the consumption of carbonated drinks in Bangalore City: A questionnaire study


1 Professor, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, India
2 P.G. Student, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, India
3 Professor and Head, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, India
4 Reader, Dept. of Preventive and Community Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, India

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Carbonated drinks are the most popular drinks consumed in the world and the targeted population is the youth in every country across the globe. The consumption is not just limited to the vulnerable group but surprisingly, health professionals also drink soda/ carbonated drinks without being aware of the constituents or the effects of these drinks. The aim of the present study is to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of dental students (interns) regarding consumption of carbonated drinks in Bangalore city. Out of 960 interns presently in the dental colleges of Bangalore city, a sample size of 274 was taken. Pre-tested structured questionnaire were distributed to the participants and filled forms were taken back. the analysis of descriptive in nature. About 97% (n=262) of the students had heard of carbonated drinks and only 83% (n=221) knew about the ill effects caused by these drinks. Reasons stated were taste (29%) and availability (21%). Interestingly 43% of the students believed that having carbonated drinks personified their image, especially when consumed with alcohol (n=125 i.e 41%.). Average consumption stated by the students is about 200-250 ml (38%) where as 30% consumed about 350-500 ml. Hence, it is vital for the health professional to be aware and also bring about a change in their own attitudes and practices towards the harm caused by various food items commercially available in the market.


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