Dynamicity, emerging patterns, and spatiotemporal trends of scientific production on the use of activated carbon in oral health: a scientometric study

Frank Mayta-Tovalino, Fran Espinoza-Carhuancho, Daniel Alvitez-Temoche, Cesar Mauricio-Vilchez, Arnaldo Munive-Degregori, John Barja-Ore, Josmel Pacheco-Mendoza

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Abstract

Background: The use of activated carbon (AC) in oral hygiene products has gained significant interest; however, its potential benefits for oral health remain uncertain. This study aimed to conduct a scientometric analysis to examine the dynamicity, emerging patterns, and trends over time in scientific production concerning the use of AC in oral health. Methods: The Web of Science database was searched for articles published between 2005 and 2022. Various bibliometric indicators, including the H-index, annual growth, Lotka’s law, Bradford’s law, and Sankey diagram, were used for data analysis. Overlay maps, timezone visualization, and three field plots were used to evaluate visualization patterns, time–temporal relationships, and trends. Information retrieval process was performed on March 11, 2023. Results: The analysis revealed that only six studies constituted the top references with the highest number of citations in recent years, with Brooks’ 2017 study demonstrating the most significant increase in citation. The dual-map overlay demonstrated a close citation relationship between cluster 4 (Molecular Biology Immunology) and the areas of Environmental, Toxicology, and Nutrition. The visualization graph of publication patterns indicated the journals that accumulated the highest number of citations during the study period. Conclusion: This scientometric study provides valuable insights into the use of AC in oral health and its impact on the field of dentistry. It determines the most productive journals, authors, and countries with the greatest influence. AC effectively removes pollutants and is gaining interest for use in dental effluent treatment. Thus, it may be a viable option for professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number668
JournalBMC Oral Health
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Activated carbon
  • Bibliometrix
  • Oral health
  • Scientometric study
  • Web of Science

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