Volume : 4
Issue : 2
Online ISSN : 2394-2797
Print ISSN : 2394-2789
Article First Page : 51
Article End Page : 53
Introduction: Since the dawn of civilization, mankind has been plagued by pathogen and its ensuing disease process and to overcome the outcome of the disease, various medical therapies have been formulated over the time. With the evident of medical therapies various side effects of the drugs used have come up and to overcome those side effects complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has evolved.
Aim: The goal of this study is to examine the relationship between the disease condition and the usage of the CAM therapy among the general population.
Materials and Method: The CAM encompassed number of therapies so, the survey instrument is a self modified designs questionnaire based on previous studies carried out in the literature. Questionnaire will be filled by the patients visiting a dental school with any dental problem. First part of survey instrument incorporates questions regarding demographic characteristics. While the second part of survey consisted of 17 medical /dental conditions for which the patient visited a dental college and have approached for the management of these diseases.
Results: More than half respondents were females(53.8%)with the common age group of 61-80 year old. The most frequent oral health problem was tooth ache (70.3%), followed by other problems and most frequently used CAM therapy was herbals.
Conclusion: A large proportion of dental patients reported use of CAM- therapies .Gender and the age group was significant factor. A more refined instrument should be used for the future studies for understanding how CAM usage is associated with dental problems.
Keywords: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), Dental school clinic, Dental problems, Self-medication, Prevalence