Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice about Sugar Substitutes and Oral Disorders among the Diabetic Patients
Author(s): Indra G and Maragathavalli G*
Aim: Diabetic patients are remarkably cautious about their health and lifestyle. Artificial sweeteners (AS) are food additives that mimic the effect of sugar in taste with less or no calories. This study aims to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practice of sugar substitutes among diabetic patients and the oral disorders related to it. Materials and method: A total of 100 diabetic patients were screened for a period of 4 months from September 2019 to December 2019. Individuals of the study were given a semi-structured questionnaire to fill in their knowledge, attitude, and practice about sugar substitutes and related oral disorders. Result: On analysis, it was discovered that 70% of the participants were aware of the existence of various brands of artificial sweeteners, 61% of them were aware of the health benefits and hazards and 39% weren’t aware. Conclusion: A large number of patients with diabetes were well known about the artificial sweeteners and the majority of them were under the impression that artificial sweeteners can also cause oral disorders.