October saw one new Cochrane protocol published on the Cochrane Library which slipped passed the Elf’s gaze.
Cope A, Francis N, Wood F, Mann MK, Chestnutt IG. Systemic antibiotics for symptomatic apical periodontitis and acute apical abscess in adults (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD010136. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010136.
The principal objective of this review is to evaluate the effects of systemic antibiotics for symptomatic apical periodontitis and acute apical abscess in adults by comparing participant reported measures of pain and swelling or clinician reported measures of infection or both.
November sees the publication of four more protocols including one in which the Elf is participating!
Walsh T, Liu JLY, Brocklehurst P, Lingen M, Kerr AR, Ogden G, Warnakulasuriya S, Scully C. Clinical assessment to screen for the detection of oral cavity cancer and potentially malignant disorders in apparently healthy adults (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD010173. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010173.
The objective of this review is to estimate the accuracy of the conventional oral examination (COE) used singly or in combination with another index test (Additional test) as a screening test for the detection of oral cancer and potentially malignant disorders (PMD) of the lip and oral cavity of apparently healthy adults.
Montedori A, Abraha I, Orso M, D’Errico PG, Pagano S, Lombardo G. Lasers for caries removal in deciduous and permanent teeth (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD010229. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010229.
The main objective of the review is to compare the effects of laser-based methods to conventional mechanical methods for the removal of dental caries in deciduous and permanent teeth.
Richards D, Duane B, Sherriff A. Maternal consumption of xylitol for preventing dental decay in children (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD010202. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010202.
To evaluate the effects of xylitol (consumed by mothers) at reducing tooth decay in their children compared with alternative treatments (e.g. chlorhexidine, fluoride varnish, placebo, or no treatment).
To assess 1 above (caries reduction in populations) at different levels of baseline caries risk.
To assess any reported changes in bacterial levels (of any species) in children/mothers.
To describe participant satisfaction levels.
Fleming PS, Pandis N, Fedorowicz Z, Carlo RA, Seehra J. Orthodontic treatment for bimaxillary proclination in children and adults (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD010199. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010199.
The objectives is to assess the effects of different types of orthodontic treatment for bimaxillary proclination particularly their impact on occlusal results, facial outcomes and patient experiences.