Over-the-counter Oral Care Products in Hong Kong: Any Evidence for their Claims?
People in Hong Kong are paying more attention to taking care of their oral health and the regular use of the over-the-counter (OTC) oral care products such as toothpaste and mouthrinse is increasing. Throughout the years, new OTC products with new ingredients and various claims for improving oral health are put into the market by different dental companies. This may cause confusion to the public as well as the dental professionals regarding which product should they use. This presentation will focus on the popular OTC oral health products in Hong Kong and look into the clinical evidence for supporting their various claims. The audience will receive updated information for advising their patients and the public on making informed choice of the appropriate OTC products for use in self oral care activities.
Edward C.M. Lo is currently Chair Professor of Dental Public Health in the Faculty of Dentistry in the University of Hong Kong. He is a past President of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Southeast Asian Division and that of the Asia-Pacific Region, and a past IADR Treasurer. Prof. Lo is the Chairman of the Specialty Board of Community Dentistry of the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong (CDSHK). He is also a past President of the CDSHK. Prof. Lo’s research interest is in oral epidemiology, oral health care delivery and preventive dentistry. He has conducted many oral epidemiological surveys on various population groups, as well as laboratory and clinical studies on new preventive and treatment methods for dental caries. He has published over 250 papers in international scientific journals and a few book chapters. He is regarded as a world top expert on the use of various methods, especially topical fluoride agents, in the prevention and treatment of dental caries in children and in elders. With his outstanding contributions to the field, Prof. Lo was awarded the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Geriatric Oral Research in 2016.