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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 44-47

Over-the-counter Dental Products: Need for Regulation


1 Masters in Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, SEGi University, No-9 Jalan Teknologi, Kota Damansara PJU5 Selangor-47810, Malaysia
2 Masters in Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, SEGi University, No-9 Jalan Teknologi, Kota Damansara PJU5 Selangor-47810, Malaysia
3 Masters in Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, SEGi University, No-9 Jalan Teknologi, Kota Damansara PJU5 Selangor-47810, Malaysia

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Srinivas Sulugodu Ramachandra
Masters in Periodontology, Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, SEGi University, No-9 Jalan Teknologi, Kota Damansara PJU5 Selangor-47810
Malaysia
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DOI: 10.4103/2393-8692.172020

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Over-the-counter, (OTC) dental products are oral care products sold directly to a consumer without a prescription from a healthcare professional. In the recent years, there is an increase in a number of the OTC products which make false claims and without sound scientific evidence. In many developed countries, OTC products are regulated by federal regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and also by the countries professional dental organizations such as the American Dental Association (ADA). ADA provides a seal of approval to those products, however, in many developing countries; the OTC dental products are not regulated due to lax rules. Vendors use this opportunity and are marketing OTC products without sound scientific evidence. While in the some developed countries of Northern America professional bodies provide with their seal of approval for many OTC products. This will help individuals to make their choice. This review paper presents an overview of OTC dental products with questionable scientific evidence and their effects on the oral health. The main purpose of the review is to highlight the need for regulation in the sale of these OTC dental products.


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