oral health

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

Our oral health Blogs

Halitosis: What are the best methods of prevention and control?

According to this review, Venlafaxine, Pregabalin, Escitalopram, and Duloxetine are viable alternatives to traditional drug treatment for generalised anxiety disorder.

44 RCTs were included in this Cochrane review assessing interventions for the prevention and control of halitosis. Only low to very-low cetrainty evidence was identified so conclusions regarding the superiority of any intervention could not be drawn.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs Oct – Dec 2019

The Dental Elf brings you daily updates of evidence-based dentistry research

In October, November and December out most popular blogs were on Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation, local anaesthesia for root canal treatment and long or short dental implants fro restoration of the posterior jaw.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs Jul – Sep 2019

The Dental Elf brings you daily updates of evidence-based dentistry research

Pulpotomy of permanent teeth with irreversible pulpitis, the management of direct anticoagulant agents for invasive dental treatments and laser preparation of tooth surfaces for fissure sealant placement were out most popular blogs in July, August and September.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs Apr– Jun 2019

The Dental Elf brings you daily updates of evidence-based dentistry research

The Cochrane review of interdental cleaning devices, whether antibiotics are needed for dental implant placement and oral health programmes for people with intellectual difficulties were our most popular blogs of the spring.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs Jan – Mar 2019

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Our most popular Dental Elf blogs for January, February and March 2019 featuring Sedation, General anaesthesia and fluoride toothpastes.

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Early childhood caries: Preventive interventions for pregnant and nursing mothers and other primary caregivers

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This Cochrane review asessing interventions with pregnant women, new mothers or other primary caregivers of infants in the first year of life for preventing early childhood caries included 17 RCTs .

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Gag reflex management during dental treatment

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This update of a Cochrane review of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for the management of gagging in people undergoing dental treatment found very low-certainty evidence from four trials that was insufficient to conclude if there is any benefit of acupuncture, acupressure or laser at P6 point in reducing gagging and allowing successful completion of dental procedures.

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Smoking cessation and tooth loss

This review provides strong evidence for quitting smoking and reducing your risk of dementia.

This review assessing whether smoking cessation reduced the risk of tooth loss included 14 cross-sectional and 7 longitudinal studies suggestign that the risk of tooth loss in former smokers is comparable to that of never smokers

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Guideline: Antibiotics for Dental Pain and Swelling

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This new guideline from the American Dental Association is about the the appropriate use of systemic antibiotics for the urgent management of symptomatic irreversible pulpitis with or without symptomatic apical pulpitis, pulp necrosis and symptomatic apical periodontitis and pulp necrosis and localized acute apical abscess.

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Vitamin D deficiency: Is it a risk factor for recurrent aphthous stomatitis?

Researchers in this study wanted to see if people with learning disabilities had higher levels of vitamin D deficiency than the general population

This review of a possible association between vitamin D deficiency and recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) included 5 case control studies providing limited evidence that low levels of serum vitamin D might be a risk factor for RAS.

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