New Cochrane Protocols February 2012

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The February issue of the Cochrane Library sees the publication of two new oral health protocols. It will be a little while before the reviews are published. However people for are working in these areas may be interested to know that these reviews are underway.

The full text of each protocol is available from the Cochrane Library.


Poggio CE, Ercoli C, Monaco C, Esposito M. Metal-free materials for fixed prosthodontic restorations (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD009606. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009606.

 The aim of this review is to assess the effects of metal-free materials for prosthodontic restorations compared to metal-ceramic or other conventional all-metal materials.

Bryan G, Furness S, Birchenough S, McMillan R, Worthington HV. Interventions for the management of dry mouth: non-pharmacological interventions (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD009603. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009603.

 The aim of this review is to identify whether non-pharmacological interventions administered to stimulate saliva production are effective for the relief of dry mouth




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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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