Proximal caries: seal or infiltrate early lesions?

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This review of micro-invasive treatments for proximal caries included 13 split-mouth RCTs. There was moderate quality evidence to support sealing in infiltration of early proximal caries compared with non-invasive treatments such as diet and bio-film management and topical fluorides.

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Caries risk assessment: Limited evidence for current models

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This review of the effectiveness of Caries Risk Assessment (CRA) models included 32 studies providing limited evidence that CRA is effective for caries assessment and prediction.

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Orthodontic patients: Reminders improved oral hygiene and compliance

Recent research has shown how behavioural activation can be delivered via smartphones.

14 RCTs were included in this review of the effect of different reminders on oral hygiene and compliance in orthodontic patients. For most outcomes measured beneficial effects were seen in the patients receiving reminders.

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Root Caries: Incidence and increment

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This review of the incidence and increment of root caries included 20 longitudinal studies that provided an overall estimate of incidence of 18.25% 1(95%CI; 13.22%-23–28%) and increment of 0.45 (95%CI; 0.37–0.53).

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Silver diamine fluoride for caries prevention in primary teeth

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Four RCTs were included in this review of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) for the prevention of caries in primary teeth. Meta-analysis involving 2 of the studies suggest a preventive fraction = 77.5% (95%CI; 67.8– 87.2%)

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Toothbrushing: fluoride toothpaste needed to reduce caries

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Three RCTs were included in this review of the association between personal oral hygiene and coronal dental caries. The findings suggest that in the absence of fluorides personal oral hygiene did not reduce the incidence of caries.

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Dental adhesive systems: HEMA-free or HEMA-containing systems?

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22 RCTs were included in this review of the influence of the monomer HEMA in the formulation of dental adhesive systems suggests that HEMA-free adhesive systems do not have better clinical performance of the non-carious cervical lesion restorations than HEMA-containing systems.

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Chemomechanical caries removal in primary teeth

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This review of the effectiveness of chemomechanical caries removal in primary teeth identified 15 studies with 10 contributing to the quantitative analysis. The findings suggest this approach is less painful but takes longer than traditional approaches.

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Glass ionomer cement or composite resin for class II restoration in primary molars

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This review of composite resin or glass ionomer cement for Class II restorations in primary molars included 10 RCTSs finding similar clinical performance.

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