Listerine is an antiseptic mouthwash that was developed in 1879 by Dr. Joseph Lawrence and a pharmacist called Jordan Wheat Lambert as a surgical disinfectant. They carried research on it and found out that it was an excellent killer of oral germs. Early in the 1960s, the effect of plaque in causing periodontal diseases became of much interest and as a result, there was an increase in the rate of manufacture of different brands of mouth rinses (Albandar, 1994). Listerine has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) as a leading antiseptic mouthrinse and as an aid in controlling plaques and gingivitis.
According to research, over 50% of the US adults are expected to suffer from gingivitis in their lifetime and if these dental problems are left untreated, they could lead to severe gum disease and loss of teeth. In addition, previous studies reveal that most patients become unable to adequately prevent plaques by only brushing and flossing due to a combination of poor dexterity and spending less time on oral hygiene (Vargus, 2003). Therefore, this study will majorly be geared towards finding out the use of Listerine in prevention of dental problems in adult population.
Objective The main objective of this study will be to establish the use of Listerine in the prevention of dental problems in the adult population. To accomplish this objective, the following research question will be exploited. Research question. What is the effectiveness of using Listerine in the prevention of dental problems in the adult population? Purpose statement The key purpose of this study will be to identify the use of Listerine in preventing dental diseases in adult population in the US.
Problem statement Oral health is very important to the general health of adults and it contributes a lot to their well being. Most of the older population in the US experience significant barriers to accessing the necessary dental care simply because they are not regular users of dental services. Most of the older adults are at a superior risk for oral conditions and other illnesses that are associated with age-linked psychologic transformations, chronic diseases and the use of assorted medications (Dolan, 2005).
Therefore, this study will be essential so that the older population can be advised to use Listerine to prevent the dental diseases. Study Significance This study will be essential to me because it will enable me to put into practice my knowledge and skills of research in order to find out the use of Listerine in preventing dental diseases in the adult population in the US. Additionally, the results of this study will be useful in convincing people suffering from dental problems that Listerine is the best antiseptic mouth rinse in controlling and managing plaques and gingivitis.
Literature review According to past research, approximately 80% of adult population in the US suffers from dental problems (Santos, 2010). The lack of perceived need for care is often seen as the main barrier to older adults obtaining dental services (Lamster, 2004). Previous research indicates that 31% of the respondents reported that they did not have a dental visit in the previous year due to lack of perceived dental need while 90% edentulous adults cited lack of perceived dental need as the reason for not having a dental in the last one year.
This results show that a higher percentage of the adults in the US don’t get a routine dental diagnostic and preventive services. It also indicates the need for increased oral health promotion and disease prevention activities for the older adults (Merk, 1995). Methodology The primary objective of this study is to establish the use of Listerine in preventing dental problems in the adult population problems. Therefore, the study will exploit primary and secondary sources of data in order to achieve its objective.
By using both methods, the authenticity of this study will be increased and more reliable results will be obtained (Corbin & Anselm, 1990). Reflection Accessibility to respondents for the primary data maybe the main limitation to the timely completion of this study. This is because of their busy schedules that may not allow them to allocate enough time for the interviews. This will be overcome trying to explain to them the importance of the study in order to persuade them to spare enough time for the study. Ethical considerations
Consent will be sought from the participants to ensure that they participate and give information at their own will. Findings and data analysis The study results will be analyzed using quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods (Blaikie, 2003). Conclusion The study will mainly establish the use of Listerine in preventing dental related problems in adults in the US. This will be of utmost importance because the findings will be used to advise adults to use the Listerine antiseptic to manage and control their dental problems.