New Cochrane Protocols March 2013


The March issues of the Cochrane Library includes two new protocols relevant to Oral Health.

The first  protocol :-

 Arora A, Foster JP, Gillies D, Moxey AJ, Moody G, Curtis B. Breastfeeding for oral health in preschool children (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD010416. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010416.

Has the main aim of comparing the rates of dental caries in children who were bottle fed as infants to children who were breastfed up to six months, between 6 and 12 months, or longer.  This protocol is registered with the Cochrane Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems Group.

The second protocol is from the Oral Health Group:-

 Dorri M, Dunne SM, Sabbah W, Kiani B. Proximal sealing for managing dental decay in primary and permanent teeth (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD010431. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010431.

The main aim of this review is to evaluate the effects of proximal sealing in managing dental decay in primary and permanent dentition in children and adults.

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Derek Richards is a specialist in dental public health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Development Team. A former editor of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal and chief blogger for the Dental Elf website until December 2023. Derek has been involved with a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994. Derek retired from the NHS in 2019 remaining as a part-time senior lecturer at Dundee Dental School until the end of 2023.

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