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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Primary molars: Hall technique most effective caries management option

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3 caries management options [conventional restorations (CR), the hall technique (HT), and non-restorative caries treatment (NRCT)] were investigated in this RCT. A 93% success rate was seen for the HT at 2.5 years compares with 70% for NRCT and 67% for CR.

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First permanent molars: consequences of early loss

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This review of the the effects and sequela of early extraction of first permanent molars included 11 observational studies providing limited quality evidence of the consequences of early extraction. High quality prospective studies are needed.

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Candida albicans: higher prevalence in children with early childhood caries

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This review of a possible association between oral Candida albicans and early childhood caries (ECC) included 15 cross-sectional studies.The prevalence of C. albicans in children with ECC was found to be significantly higher than in caries-free children.

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Slow-release fluoride devices for caries prevention: insufficient evidence

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This review of slow-release fluoride devices for caries prevention updates an earlier Cochrane review of the topic. However no new trials have been identified providing insufficient evidence to assess their effectiveness.

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Silver diamine fluoride for caries in primary teeth

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This review of the effectiveness of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) in arresting caries included 11 studies with 4 contributing to a meta-analysis showing it to be more effective than other active agents and placebo.

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Fissure sealing using flowable composite

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This review of fissure sealing using flowable composite included 11 studies and suggests retention rates at 1 year may be slightly better than resin-based sealants. However, the findings should be interpreted cautious as the confidence intervals are wide and quality of the studies is limited.

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Primary teeth: which restorative material last longer?

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This review of the longevity of posterior restoration in primary teeth included 31 studies. composite resin had the lowest annual failure rate while stainless steel crowns had the highest success rate. The studies all have a high risk of bias so the findings should be interpreted cautiously.

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