Top Dental Elf Blogs: Oct – Dec 2020

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Blogs on Hyposalivation in the elderly, powered toothbrushes for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment and the impact of smoking on the outcomes of non-surgical periodontal treatment were our most popular blogs.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs: Jul – Sep 2020

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Our most popular blogs in July August and September covered periodontal surgery, Interproximal caries detection and local anaesthesia for inferior alveolar nerve blocks.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs: Apr – Jun 2020

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Erosive tooth wear and gastro-oesophageal reflux, oral lichen planus and oro-facial manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus were popular blogs in April, May and June of 2020.

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Top Dental Elf Blogs: Jan – Mar 2020

The Dental Elf

Our most popular blogs from January, February and March 2020 were about the FiCTION trial, local anaesthesia and factors associated with third molar surgical difficulty.

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COVID-19 Dental Elf Blogs -4

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This blog pulls together a number of our blogs on COVID-19 publishing since July. We also include links to our other COVID-19 relevant blogs published since March 2020.

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Root caries: detection and diagnosis

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This Cochrane review assessing the diagnostic test accuracy of index tests for the detection and diagnosis of root caries in adults included 4 studies and 4997 root surfaces. The studies were all at high risk of bias meaning the available evidence is of very low certainty

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Malocclusion, orthodontic treatment and oral health

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This review looked at both the impact of malocclusion and the impact of orthodontic treatment on oral health. While a large number of studies met the inclusion criteria the heterogeneity of the studies their outcome measures and a a lack of studies to specifically address the questions of this review.

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Access flap procedures or subgingival debridement for periodontitis?

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This review comparing access flaps (AF) and subgingival debridement in achieving probing depth (PD) reduction in patients with periodontitis included 18 studies reported in 36 publications. While the results demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in PD reduction between AF and subgingival debridement this may not be clinically important.

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Smoking and its impact on non-surgical periodontal therapy

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This review of the impact of smoking on clinical outcomes of non-surgical periodontal treatment included 17 cohort studies of whihc 11 were prospective. The findings suggest statistically significant smaller improvements in the smoking that non-smoking group. However, any differences are modest and my not be clinically important.

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Etching time and bonding of adhesive systems to dentine of primary teeth

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This review the influence of reducing the etching time on the dentine of primary teeth for bonding with etch-and-rinse and self-etching adhesive systems included 8 laboratory studies. The findings suggest that that reductions in acid-etching and primer application did not impact the immediate bond strength.

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