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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Toothbrushing: fluoride toothpaste needed to reduce caries

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Three RCTs were included in this review of the association between personal oral hygiene and coronal dental caries. The findings suggest that in the absence of fluorides personal oral hygiene did not reduce the incidence of caries.

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Dental anxiety in paediatric patients: Is cognitive behavioural therapy effective?

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This review of cognitive behavioural therapy(CBT) for dental anxiety and dental phobia in children identified 6 RCTs suggesting it therapy produces better anxiety reduction than diverse behavioural management techniques. However the available evidence is of low quality.

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Dentine hypersensitivity: Effectiveness of desensitising toothpastes

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This review evaluating the effectiveness of desensitising toothpastes included 53 RCTs. Most agents with the exception of those containing strontium or amorphous calcium phosphate were effective in relieving dentine hypersensitivity compared with negative controls.

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Periodontal health: no additional benefit from 6 monthly Scale and Polish

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This large multicentre, cluster randomised controlled compared the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of theory-based, personalised oral hygiene advice or scale and polish’ with routine care in improving periodontal health in dentate adults attending general dental practice.

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Glutaraldehyde or fluoride varnish for dentine hypersensitivity?

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This review of glutaraldehyde or fluoride varnish for dentine hypersensitivity included just 4 small RCTs . The findings suggest a benefit in favour of glutaraldehyde at 7 days but the short-term nature of the studies and their limited quality means these findings should be interpreted cautiously.

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Mouthguards: Do they affect athletic performance?

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This review of the effect of mouthguards on performance in athletes identified 15 small low quality studies. The findings suggest that made mouthguards does not interfere with sport performance but they should be interpreted cautiously.

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Interdental cleaning aids

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This network meta-analysis of the comparative efficacy of interproximal oral hygiene aids included 22 RCTs and suggests that interdental brushes and water-jets ranked highest for the reduction of gingival bleeding. Although the quality of the available evidence is limited.

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Traumatic dental injuries affect around 1 billion people

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This review of traumatic dental injuries (TDIs) included 152 observational studies providing an estimate of global prevalence of TDIs in permanent teeth of 15.2% (95%CI, 13.0%-17.4%)

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Tooth whitening: Does light activation improve efficacy?

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This review of the effect of light activation on tooth whitening efficacy included 21 RCTs finding that neither the efficacy nor the risk of tooth sensitivity of in-office bleaching was influenced by the use of light, regardless of the hydrogen peroxide concentration.

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Teething: signs and symptoms

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This review of the local or systemic signs and symptoms during the eruption of the primary teeth included 16 observational studies only 5 of which were at low risk of bias. The overall prevalence of signs and symptoms associated with primary tooth eruption in children between 0 and 36 months was 70.5% (95%CI; 54.1-84.6).

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