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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26-31

The frequency of electric toothbrush use among a sample of Saudi adults

1 Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Clinical Dental Science, Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mohammad A Aldosari
Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, P. O. Box: 60169, Riyadh 11545
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jioh.jioh_254_17

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Aims: This study aims to examine the frequency of using of electric toothbrushes (ETB) and investigate the associated confounding factors among Saudi adults. Methodology: Personal interviews of 505 randomly selected Saudi adults were held at popular middle socioeconomic destinations in Riyadh city. A single investigator has conducted all interviews that were carried out by a self-constructed questionnaire using closed format questions. Results: About 21.8% of the studied samples have used ETB with only 5.7% are maintaining its use. Higher level of education showed a statistical significant increased proportion of participants using ETB (P = 0.022). Neither age, sex, nor income has influenced the frequency of ETB use. Most of the samples chose the 50–250 SR price range as a reasonable price to purchase the device. Moreover, never mentioning ETB by the dentist was the most reported reason behind not using ETB (70.1%). Conclusion: About less than the quarter of the sample have used ETB, with only 5.7% maintaining its use. The reported low frequency would reflect the decreased attention paid by clinicians toward ETB.

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