Dental visits and head and neck cancer


This review of a link between past dental visits/check-ups and the incidence cancers of head and neck includes 38 studies the majority of which are case-controlled studies. The findings suggest that those are irregular of never attenders are more likely to have head and neck cancer.

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Study suggests that regular dental checks between 50-65yrs reduced major tooth loss


Regular dental examinations are considered an important element of preventive dental care. The aim of this cohort study was to assess the impact of routine dental attendance between the ages of 50 – 65 in relation to major tooth loss and Oral Health related Quality of life (OHRQoL) In 1992 all 50-year-olds in two Swedish [read the full story…]

No evidence to support or refute the practice of six-monthly dental check-ups


Having your teeth regularly examined by a dentist seems to have been recommended back as far the 18th Century (Richards 2002) and subsequently the six-monthly visit became de rigueur.  The scientific basic for this interval was challenged by Sheiham in 1977  and there has subsequently been much debate about the clinical and cost-effectiveness of recall [read the full story…]