New Cochrane Protocols for July 2012

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Protocols for two new systematic reviews from the Oral Health Group have been published on the Cochrane Library for July.

Eberhard J, Sandmann T, Marinho VCC, Dommisch H, Jepsen S, Stiesch M, Geurtsen W. Chlorhexidine versus topical fluoride treatment for the prevention and management of dental caries in children and adolescents (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD009962. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009962.

The aim of this review is to:-

    • Determine the effect of a topical chlorhexidine application compared with the effect of a topical fluoride application for the prevention, arrest or reversal of caries lesions on deciduous and permanent teeth.
    • Examine the optimum parameters of administration for the use of either fluoride- or chlorhexidine- containing product


Huang W, Jian F, Lai W, Li W, Millett DT, McIntyre GT, Zhao Z, Wang Y, Shi Z, Wu T, Liu GJ, Hickman J, Arora A. Direct versus indirect bonding for bracket placement in orthodontic patients (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD009965. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009965.

This aim of this review is to:-

To compare direct and indirect bonding methods for:

  • the first bond failure;
  • the accuracy of bracket placement;
  • the chairside time taken for the initial placement of brackets.


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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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