Vibration devices: Do they reduce pain linked to dental injections in children?

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This review evaluating the effect of vibration devices on paediatric dental injection pain reduction identified 6 RCTs. The findings suggest that the use of the DentalVibe was not effective but the evidence ws of low quality.

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Dental local anaesthesia and ophthalmic side effects

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65 case reports and 1 case series were included in this reviews of the ophthalmic side effects from dental local anaesthesia. 92 % were transitory the remainder permanent. 25% of the transitory side effects took up to 6 hours to resolve.

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National Elf Service now covers dentistry and musculoskeletal

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Today we’ve added hundreds of dentistry & musculoskeletal health blogs to our website, which now contains over 3,000 evidence-based summaries of research. Welcome to the Dental Elf and the Musculoskeletal Elf!

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Comparison of chlorhexidine application methods on dental health of people with Down syndrome

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Periodontal disease refers to issues relating to or affecting the tissues surrounding the neck and root of a tooth, It is a significant oral health problem for people with Down syndrome. It can be a cause of tooth loss and has a number of contributing factors, which includes poor oral hygiene. Antimicrobial agents like chlorhexidine [read the full story…]

Palatal plate therapy indicated in severe cases of orofacial dysfunction but only as part of holistic multi-disciplinary management

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We recently posted about the findings of a review of the literature relating to orofacial regulation therapy which concluded that whilst the results of published studies inferred significant positive impacts, there was a need for larger multi-centre research to produce more statistically significant and valid results. Given these findings, this paper looked in more detail [read the full story…]

Orofacial regulation therapy has positive impact but evidence base needs more robust studies

People with Down syndrome often have orofacial difficulties (a term that relates to the mouth and face) which can affect speech, swallowing and dental health. The Journal of Disability and Oral Health has recently published two reviews looking at this issue. The first looked at Orofacial regulation therapy (OFRT), developed in the 1970s by Castillo-Morales, [read the full story…]

Learning disability found to be contributing factor to development of dental caries in children with cerebral palsy

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Dental caries, or tooth decay is estimated to develop at the same rate in people with learning disabilities as in the general population.. The prevalence of untreated dental caries, however, is much higher among people with learning disabilities, particularly among those living in non-institutional settings. The researchers in this Brazilian study set out to look [read the full story…]

Oral Health Care of People with Learning Disabilities Guidelines updated

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Our friends at the Dental Elf have brought these updated guidelines to our attention. This is what they said: These guidelines were originally a joint
 initiative between the Development Group
 for Community Dental Practice of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of The Royal College of Surgeons of England and the British Society for Disability and Oral [read the full story…]