Factors associated with the use of herbal medicines for oral problems by patients attending the clinics of the School of Dentistry, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil

Authors

  • Janice Simpson de Paula University of Campinas , UNICAMP
  • Alexandre Marques de Resende Federal University of Juiz de Fora
  • Fábio Luiz Mialhe University of Campinas, UNICAMP

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20396/bjos.v11i4.8641218

Keywords:

Medicinal plants, dentistry, Public health

Abstract

Aim: To evaluate differences in sociodemographic characteristics (gender, age, educational level and income) between users and nonusers of phytotherapy for dental purposes; the degree of population’s knowledge of herbal medicines for dental needs; and whether patients inform the health professional about their use of phytotherapy. Methods: A questionnaire was applied to 100 patients in waiting rooms of the School of Dentistry of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, in 2008, to inquire about sociodemographic variables and other factors associated with the use of phytotherapy. Statistical analyses were carried out using the chi square statistical test to calculate association between the variables, with 0.05 as level of significance. Results: It was observed that 64.8% of participants were women with a mean age of 43.9±15.1 years. Phytotheraphy use for treatment of oral problems was reported by 37% of patients interviewed in this study. Significant differences were found between users and non-users of herbal medicines for oral problems, associated with the patient’s age (p<0.05) and previous experience with use of phytotherapy to treat general health problems (p<0.001). Conclusions: The results emphasize the need for more scientific evidence of the efficacy of herbal medicinal products already incorporated in the popular knowledge to treat oral problems in order to make it an accessible and alternative method for prevention and therapy in dentistry

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Author Biographies

Janice Simpson de Paula, University of Campinas , UNICAMP

DDS, MS, PhD student of Dentistry, Department of Community Dentistry, Piracicaba Dental School, University of Campinas (UNICAMP) Piracicaba, SP.

Alexandre Marques de Resende, Federal University of Juiz de Fora

PhD, Associate Professor, Dental School, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora, MG.

Fábio Luiz Mialhe, University of Campinas, UNICAMP

PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Community Dentistry, Piracicaba Dental School, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Piracicaba, SP.

Published

2015-10-22

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Paula JS de, Resende AM de, Mialhe FL. Factors associated with the use of herbal medicines for oral problems by patients attending the clinics of the School of Dentistry, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2015 Oct. 22 [cited 2022 Aug. 8];11(4):445-50. Available from: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/bjos/article/view/8641218

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