Most popular Dental Elf Blogs Apr – Jun 2023

Cherry Blossom

Best wishes to all our bloggers, readers and followers for an enjoyable holiday period and for a happy 2024

As we approach the end of another year, we are taking the opportunity to highlight our most popular blogs from each month during 2023 over this holiday period.


  • Our most popular blogs between January and March 2023 are available via this link.
  • Between April and June 2023 our most popular blogs were: –


Chewing gum for pain during and after orthodontic appliance installation


Mouthwashes and gingival healing after surgical procedures


Malocclusion and quality of life



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Derek Richards

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. He is a former editor of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal, the chief blogger for the Dental Elf website and a past president of the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry. He has been involved with a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994. Retired from the NHS he is currently a part-time senior lecturer at Dundee Dental School.

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