Use and Perceived Benefits of Mouthwash among Malaysian Adults: An Exploratory Insight

Shahid Mitha, Mohamed Hassan Elnaem, Michelle Koh, Ching En, Muneer Gohar Babar, Jamshed Siddiqui, Shazia Jamshed

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Objectives: The purpose of the current research is to comprehend the use as well as the perception of mouthwash benefits among Malaysian adults in Selangor state, Malaysia.

Materials and Methods: Questionnaires were distributed following convenience sampling to 400 respondents in public places around Selangor over a period of 3 months. The questions were divided into 4 main categories which were demographics, behavior, knowledge, and perceived benefits. The data collected were entered into PASW version 20 and analyzed. Descriptive and inferential statistics were applied. Chi-square was used to compute the association between the variables.

Results: The majority of the respondents (n = 178, 44.5%) were between the ages of 18-25 years. Female respondents outnumbered males with 243 (60.8%) and 157 (39.3%), respectively. There was a high level of awareness among the respondents regarding the use of mouthwash where more than 57% answered the knowledge questions correctly. When asked for the reason for using a particular brand, respondents stated that their selection depends on it being "a family brand", affordability and taste. Respondents had a good perception on the use of mouthwash and its benefits.

Conclusion: The public needs to be educated on the role of mouthwash. Knowledge gaps on mouthwash need to be bridged to ascertain the beneficial nature of mouthwash. A mixed method research is recommended to gather more information on oral hygiene practices among Malaysian general population, particularly focusing on the use of mouthwash.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Advanced Oral Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Sept 2016


  • Malaysia
  • mouthwash
  • oral hygiene
  • perceptions


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