Herbal Medicines and Dentistry

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich RDH, PhD

Use of herbal and dietary supplements (HDS) is a well-documented trend among consumers of all ages.

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Every day, dental professionals encounter patients who use these products. Clinicians are often challenged with locating good information to help advise their patients about the safe use of these products. This article will provide a comprehensive review of popular herbs and supplements and their potential impact on oral health.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of reading these articles, the clinician will be able to:

  • Discuss patient behaviors related to supplement use.
  • Identify potential risks and benefits of supplement use.
  • Discuss dental practice management considerations for patients who use herbal and dietary supplements.
  • Be familiar with available resources that can be used to help treat patients who use supplements safely in the oral health care setting.