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Abstract Title

Pharmacists' knowledge in oral health care products in Riyadh

Authors, Departments & Institution

Nuha Ahmad*, Dental Hygiene Intern, Dental Health Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University

 

Mariam Al-Anazi, Dental Hygiene Intern, Dental Health Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University

 

Dr. Randa F. Abidia, Associate Professor, Dental Health Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University

 

Abstract

 

The objective of this study was to assess the knowledge of pharmacists in oral health care products.

 

Materials and Method

Questionnaires were distributed to pharmacists working in the private sector in different regions in Riyadh regarding their knowledge in oral health care products.

 

Results

A total of 50 pharmacists participated in the study from a total of 46 pharmacies. All were non-Saudi and their mean age was 31.4 (SD= ± 5.8) years old. Pharmacists answered questions regarding recommendations for best type of toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash recommended for gingivitis and sensitivity. Some products were recommended more frequently than others.  Only 54% recommended orthodontic brushes for orthodontic patients and only 38% recommending interdental brushes.  Artificial saliva was only recommended by 22% of pharmacists for xerostomia and tongue scraper and dental floss was only recommended by 4% and 6% respectively for those with halitosis. Only 44% provided sugar free antibiotics and 56% provided sugar free paracetamol for children.  

 

Conclusion

Pharmacists do provide recommendations for oral products to consumers however there was no general consensus on choice of oral health care products. There is some lack of knowledge in the most appropriate products for orthodontic patients, xerostomia, halitosis, and provision of sugar free medication for children.

 

 

 

 
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