Easter Break

shutterstock_61752949

  The Dental Elf is taking a short Easter Break and with be back on the 29th April.                

Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS): Does SLS-free toothpaste use benefit patients with recurrent aphthous stomatitis

shutterstock_89901511

This review of the effects of sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) free and SLS-containing toothpastes in patients with recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) included 4 small RCTs with the findings suggesting that patients with RAS may benefit from using SLS-free toothpaste. However the quality of teh availabel studies is very low.

[read the full story...]

Compulsory detention under the Mental Health Act: significantly more likely if you come from a BAME or migrant group

people-913778_1920

Ian Cummins explores a recent international systematic review and meta-analysis, which highlights ethnic variations in compulsory detention under the Mental Health Act.

[read the full story...]

How should we assess suicide risk in mental health services, or should we stop doing it?

needle-in-a-haystack-1752846_1280 (1)

Vishal Bhavsar reports on the development and validation of a new clinical prediction rule (the OxMIS tool), which has been developed by the Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology group at the University of Oxford to help predict the risk of suicide in people with severe mental illness.

[read the full story...]

Interdental cleaning devices for prevention and control of caries and periodontal disease

shutterstock_20598889-Floss

Thi Cochrane review evaluateingthe effectiveness of interdental cleaning devices used at home, in addition to toothbrushing, compared with toothbrushing alone, for preventing and controlling periodontal diseases, caries, and plaque includes 35 RCTs providing low to very low certainty evidence that floss or interdental brushes in addition to toothbrushing may reduce gingivitis or plaque, or both.

[read the full story...]

Suicide risk assessment among psychiatric inpatients: pessimism around predictive power

Glass half empty

Alex Langford appraises a systematic review that looks at high-risk categories for suicide risk assessment among psychiatric inpatients.

[read the full story...]

The impact of racism on mental health

ifeoluwadayo-ogunderu-1405547-unsplash

Alison Faulkner considers a recent report on racism and mental health by the Synergi Collaborative Centre, which covers the impact of interpersonal racism, the multidimensional nature of disadvantage, structural disadvantage and mental illness, and pathways to mental health care.

[read the full story...]

Aloe vera mouthwash: how does it compare with chlorhexidine?

shutterstock_12720943-mouthwash

This review of the efficacy of aloe vera mouthrinse on plaque and gingival inflammation includes 6 RCTS providing very low quality evidence that aloe vera mouthwash is comparable to chlorhexidine in reducing gingival inflammation.

[read the full story...]

Higher body mass index is associated with a lower subjective wellbeing

14334395090_7514ca57f8_o

Benjamin Janaway explores a recent mendelian randomisation study that looks at the causal effects between subjective wellbeing and cardiometabolic health.

[read the full story...]

Rates of psychotic disorders: huge variability and important risk factors

jaime-lopes-1303988-unsplash

Emma O’Neill summarises a systematic review and meta-analysis of the incidence of psychotic disorders, which looks at the distribution of rates and the influence of gender, urbanicity, immigration and socio-economic level.

[read the full story...]