Digital surveillance: The interest in mouthwash-related information.

Digital surveillance: The interest in mouthwash-related information.

Publication date: Sep 18, 2023

The comprehension of the interests of Internet users regarding their health-related searches may reveal the community’s demands about oral health. The study aimed to characterize the interests of Google users related to mouthwash in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Saudi Arabia and South Africa applying the Google Trends. This longitudinal retrospective study analysed the mouthwash-related interest of Google users from January 2004 to December 2020. The monthly variation of relative search volume (RSV) and the main queries related were determined using Google Trends. Autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) forecasting models were built to establish the predictive RSV values for mouthwash for additional 12 months. Auto-correlation plots and a general additive model (GAM) were used to diagnose trends and seasonality in RSV curves. In addition, the influence of social isolation related to the outbreak of COVID-19 were analysed. The RSVs curves showed a considerable increase in searches related to mouthwash to AUS, BRA, JAP, MEX, GBR and USA (RSV > 25), while the growth was slight to CHI, KSA, RSA and RUS (RSV 

Concepts Keywords
Australia consumer health information
Google COVID-19
Health dental informatics
Mexico internet use
Monthly mouthwashes


Type Source Name
disease MESH oral health
disease VO monthly
disease VO volume
disease MESH COVID-19
disease VO USA

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