oral health

The optimal state of the mouth and normal functioning of the organs of the mouth without evidence of disease.

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Motivational interviewing for paediatric oral health

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The review of motivational interviewing (MI) to improve parent-child health interventions included 25 studies in all with 4 dental studies. The dental studies demonstrated a positive effect on oral health and were suggestive of a benefit on dental caries.

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Tooth whitening at home–strips or gel?

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This review compared tooth whitening strips against 10% carbamide peroxide gel. Only 9 low quality studies were available and while meta-analysis found no difference between the interventions, the authors did not consider that strips were a substitute for gel.

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Low income and tooth loss: a positive association

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Seven of the 11 observational studies included in this review came from Brazil. An association between low income and tooth loss was demonstrated (OR = 2.52: 95% CI; 2.11- 3.01) even after adjusting for socioeconomic status ( OR = 1.66: 95% CI; 1.48 – 1.86).

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Desensitising agents use during tooth bleaching

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Ten studies involving a total of 394 patients were included in this review of desensitising agents during tooth bleaching. While the results suggest a reduction in sensitivity variation in the concentration of the agents used, the quality of the included studies means the results should be interpreted with caution.

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Oral potentially malignant disorders and impact on quality of life

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14 studies were included in this review of the impact of oral potentially malignant disorders of the quality of life. However, they were mainly focused on oral lichen planus, so they provide little evidence for the impact of the wide range of OPMDs on the quality of life.

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Traumatic dental injury in primary teeth not associated with socioeconomic status?

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This review of the the association between socioeconomic indicators and traumatic dental injury in the primary dentition included 16 observational studies. The majority were from Brazil and no clear association was demonstrated.

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Oral care with antiseptics reduced ventilator associated pneumonia

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17 RCTs were included in this review of oral care to reduce ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP). Evidence suggests it can reduce prevalence but not ICU mortality, length of ICU stay or duration of mechanical ventilation.

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Oral health promotion during pregnancy: little evidence available

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This review of oral health promotion in pregnancy included 7 studies with the majority (5) focused on improving knowledge. The description of the interventions was generally vague and just one was based on a recognised health behaviour theory.

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Toothbrushing, plaque removal and gingivitis

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The aim of this review was to appraise and summarise systematic reviews of the efficacy and safety of available homecare toothbrush regimens for mechanical plaque removal on plaque and gingivitis in adults. Ten systematic reviews were included confirming that toothbrushing is effective in reducing levels of dental plaque.

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Toothbrushing: little data on association with gingival recession

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This review considered the association between toothbrushing and gingival recession and non-carious cervical lesions (NCCLs). 19 studies were included a majority (13) were cross-sectional and they provide limited data to support or refute the associations.

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